More Comprehensive Care Among Family Physicians is Associated with Lower Costs and Fewer Hospitalizations
A recent study published in the Annals of Family Medicine (http://www.annfammed.org/content/13/3/206#aff-2) revealed that patients of family physicians who offered a broader range of services had lower health care costs and fewer hospitalizations. This study comes at a time when most primary care physicians are pressured to see a large number of patients each day, and thus, do less for each individual patient. It is no secret that busy, and often overwhelmed, primary care physicians often refer to other healthcare providers instead of taking the time to handle the problem themselves.
Dr. Hedman and Dr. Lichti have bucked this trend by offering Direct Primary Care. At Placer Private Physicians in Rocklin CA, we purposely limit the size of our practice so we that have more time to dedicate to each and every patient. This also allows us to offer a broad range of services and to tackle the tougher problems. Of course, when appropriate we refer our patients to medical specialists. However, we have the time to make smart decisions about when to refer for specialty care and what physicians we send our patients to.