Some years back I largely left the insurance realm. I've attached an article that describes how an MD sometimes "pulls rank" in order to ensure appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, the majority of the population is actually taken advantage of by the system. All pretty sad. The system needs revision,...or complete overhaul!!
Urgent Care facilities are now everywhere! Some people see that as a good thing. I see it as a fundamental failure of what health care is supposed to be.
I think you should have a doctor - one that knows you, your "stuff" and is working to assist you in staying healthy. That's a lot to ask from a primary care doctor today. The system makes them rush, pile people in, one after another, with very little time to think. And many people tell me they never even see their primary care doctor - it's always the nurse practitioner or PA. And then it might be weeks to get in for an appointment.
There's the big reason for the growth of Urgent Care - filling the unmet need. The need created by the system. The US system developed organically - it was not designed. As such, it was not designed to function, and therefore frequently does not. If you expect assistance in your time of urgent (not emergent) need, most frequently your primary care office would not be the right stop.
Don't get me wrong - if you have an emergency situation, the US system works pretty well. Few people die unnecessarily in the ER (the hospital, of course, is a different story for a different day), and virtually all are far better for having gone. But urgent care could generally be handled by the PCP, if they had time. The system no longer allows for that time.
I have designed my program to be different. First, the goal is to keep you far away from urgent and emergent services. We do that by getting ahead of the game - something that takes both your time and mine. By it's very definition, you are making an investment in your future. From the testing I do that gives you a window on your future, not just a snapshot of your past, to the time we spend detailing your options, the My Personal Doc experience is different. Call me to review your opportunities.
Not to mention that it could just save your life.
Bruce L. Feldman, MD
Dr Bruce is an advocate for health. You need to be your own health advocate. His blog offers his opinions and insights on numerous topics he believes might be of interest. Hope you agree!