What’s the latest trend in medicine? House calls are back in style! And an increasing number of primary-care practitioners will tote their little black bag to your home or office, for as little as $30 a visit.
One of the highest-profile house call companies is WhiteGlove House Call Health. With 600,000 members in Texas, Arizona and Massachusetts. In most cases, the company signs a contract with a business or an insurance company, and offers their services to its employees or plan members. For every person who signs up, WhiteGlove gets $300 dollars a year, and a $35 co-pay per visit. A nurse practitioner will stop by between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., 365 days a year. The co-pay also covers any generic prescriptions that are provided. And the nurse practitioner leaves behind a “wellness kit” that includes chicken soup, crackers, Tylenol, cough drops, and tissues. WhiteGlove also provides back-to-school physicals and vaccinations.
Companies like the personal service because it helps keep costs down on doctor visits, and trips to the ER, and patients like the ease and convenience. Like one family we read about. Their 14-year-old son developed a fever and sore throat on Easter Sunday. They called WhiteGlove, and a nurse-practitioner arrived at their home within two hours, did a rapid strep test, and gave him an antibiotic on the spot.
If you’d like to learn more about the modern-day house call, check out the website for the American Academy of Home Care Physicians at www.aahcp.org.