I believe it is time for Physicians to take control and develop more cost effective medical care. This way the final decision remains between the patient and the Physician.
With just a little more effort and efficiency, we could decrease the relentless rising costs of health care. A slight cultural shift is all that is required.
Health care costs increased 4% in 2008. This is a manageable goal. For example, be aggressive with diet, exercise and blood pressure medications, so the routine visits can be ‘stretched out’ a little and decrease costs.
At HTMC we are already seeing changes. Most of our patients with sinus infections are using 7 to 10 days of symptomatic measures before coming to the clinic for evaluation.
It’s “Time to Fire UP”.