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Being a Man and Getting Your Annual Check Up

men-checkup-medicineIn honor of Father’s Day, the Moapa Valley Progress issued a challenge to men throughout the country in the form of an article titled “Dodging the Doctor? Real Men Get An Annual Check Up.”

Addressing STD testing, Enrique Alfaro of the Moapa Valley Progress writes, “Why: Depending on lifestyle and sexual history, men should talk to their doctor about whether they should be tested for certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, human papilloma virus (HPV), Hepatitis B, HIV or other sexually transmitted infections. Early treatment can cure many STDs, lessen their symptoms and/or make the disease less likely to spread. When: All men who are sexually active, as well as their partners, should be tested regularly for STDs. The CDC has no set recommendations for the frequency of STD testing, unless an individual engages in high-risk sexual practices or has symptoms such as genital sores, fluid-filled blisters, ulcerations or warts, or unusual discharge. The agency does advise yearly HIV testing for high-risk patients, such as individuals who have had unprotected sex with more than one sexual partner since their last screening.”

One major issue with STD testing is the long waits in some locations. For example, consider this article from the NL Times titled “STD TESTING WAIT TIME ‘FATALLY’ LONG AFTER BUDGET CUTS.” Janene Van Jaarsveldt of the NL Times writes, “According to the health service, GGD doctors have to refuse patients more and more often due to the budget cuts. The government will only reimburse 40 thousand consultations in Amsterdam this year, that is 6 thousand fewer tests than what was carried out in 2014. The Public Health Service states that the only way to reduce the length of the waiting lists is by refusing people who are not part of the biggest risk groups – young people between 20 and 24 years.”

This is a frightening situation that is a reality in the U.S. for some. One way to make sure you can get appointments for STD testing that don’t put terrible burdens on your schedule is by utilizing concierge medicine.

When it comes to concierge medicine in San Francisco, your best bet is Medicine Within Reach. We believe that a strong patient-doctor relationship is essential to good health. Our personalized services make this special bond easily attainable. It is our mission to partner with our patients in an integrated approach by navigating through the complex medical system for you.

With us, you’re guaranteed flexible scheduling, easy access, and comprehensive care for your complex needs. We provide comprehensive annual physical examinations, preventative planning, and women’s health testing, among many other services.

If you think concierge medicine could be right for you, contact us for a consultation.


Inspirational Speeches on Innovation in Medicine

innovationIn order for modern medicine to solve the issues that we deal with everyday, it’s going to take innovation. Yet, before you get to innovation, you must first have inspiration. Med City News attempts to provide some of that inspiration in a recent article titled “5 powerful speeches that changed medicine for the better.”

Chris Seper of Med City News writes, “Healthcare today is about new ideas, new players, new approaches and new tech. But in the past few years only a handful of visionaries have delivered to clearly outline where all this ‘new’ is going. These five talks truly changed the way I think about healthcare. The speeches are about more than the words. They were said at the right time and by the right people. I bet you heard some of them.”

One of the speeches that Seper highlights came from Jeff Rohrs, who addressed the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Summit in 2014. On that speech, Seper writes, “Jeff Rohrs, an executive from ExactTarget, reminded me of how much healthcare can learn from outsiders. He walked in untethered to healthcare’s dogma and passionately talked about marketing techniques from other sectors and how they can help change medicine. Rohrs’ talk is not online (I’ve included his presentation deck and much of his talk is based off his book, Audience). While he’s given similar talks, Rohrs doesn’t address healthcare in those speeches. That connection was what made the Patient Experience presentation so great.”

At Medicine Within Reach, we are passionate about improving healthcare and we believe in innovation. We are a team of primary care physicians in San Francisco who have come together to form a concierge medical practice. In our eyes, we believe that a strong patient-doctor relationship is essential to good health. Our personalized services make this special bond easily attainable. It is our mission is to partner with our patients in an integrated approach by navigating through the complex medical system for you.

Our services include comprehensive annual physical examinations, women’s health testing, and preventative health planning. With us, you can count on longer, unrushed appointments due to the fact that we have a limited practice size; flexible scheduling to fit your lifestyle, including punctual appointments; easy accessibility, including personal responses to calls and emails; and comprehensive care to address your individual medical needs.

If you think concierge medicine might be right for you, contact our team at Medicine Within Reach for a consultation.


Is Concierge Medicine Worth It?

MedicalObviously, for those of us here at Medicine Within Reach, the answer is “yes”—in large part because of the time that the concierge model allows for doctors and patients to spend together. On top of that, there’s the matter of being able to reach a doctor 24/7 – one who will take the time and make the effort to speak with you about your present situation so that you can receive the treatment you need and deserve in a timely manner.

A recent article in the Huffington Post further explores the notion of whether concierge medical care is the right choice for everyone. It’s worth covering a few of the article’s points, because discussion about matters of health is, well, healthy, even if some of the points raised aren’t always those upon which everyone can universally agree.

The writer of the article describes how when, growing up, her family trusted their medical care to just one doctor. When that person retired, the practice shifted to a local physician who was just starting out. However, at that time, nurse practitioners started seeing many of the patients that the original doctor had personally seen while in active practice.

Once the makeup of the town had changed, the writer suggests, the idea of adding a concierge care model became attractive, in part because there were more affluent families who were willing to pay membership fees at concierge practices on top of health insurance premiums – a change from the writer’s childhood years.

She goes on to make the argument that the care that concierge patients is receiving isn’t much different from that to which they are entitled under their regular health insurance…so why pay extra?

As many concierge medical practices have demonstrated, patients receive more time and attention from their doctors than they would have under the terms of traditional health insurance policies. And this key difference is well worth the “extra” amount of money that a patient might pay. As is being able to follow a doctor’s recommended treatment plan—rather than the one that an insurance company might approve.

Contact us today for your complimentary consultation to see if concierge care might be the better model for you. Dr. Sheena Kumar is currently accepting new patients.



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