In the past, in-home doctor visits were the most common way that doctors saw their patients. However, as equipment has become more expensive and more difficult to transport, it began to make more sense for patients to visit their doctors rather than the other way around. However, there are several reasons for why a doctor house call would still make sense.
How The Mobile Doctor Apps Work
Mobile doctors are still more important than simply driving to a doctor's office. However, for those who are very ill, who have to visit a doctor frequently and who are struggling to make regular visits, a doctor call might make sense. When using a mobile app, most often the patient will chat with a nurse and describe his or her symptoms. Then, the nurse will determine whether the patient would be better off chatting with the doctor through a video chat or whether the doctor should make a house call. If there is a situation where the patient must be brought to the hospital or the doctor's office, these options would still be taken.
Doctors Can Examine The Home
When doctors visit a home, they are not only given an opportunity to get to know the patient, but also his or her home. They can determine whether the patient is receiving adequate home care. They can determine if there is something in the home that may be causing the patient's symptoms. They can also have a better sense of the physical and mental state of the patient.
Given the convenience of house calls, patients are more likely to receive care earlier. This can cause patients to receive more doctor's visits and catch dangerous diseases earlier, which can make the care for these diseases less expensive.
One of the concerns about doctor house calls is that there is a shortage of doctors and the act of having doctors travel to and from patient's houses will further take up this scarce resource. However, for patients who are in hospice care, this is a service that patients deserve so that they can remain in comfortable and familiar surroundings. Patients feel as if they are receiving a more personalized experience where the physician truly cares about the patient and does not see him or her as simply a number. This makes it easier for doctors to treat the patient as well as the illness.