Saturday, September 15, 2007

Smaller is Healthier

Anonther micropractice article from the Lincoln County News in Maine.

It might seem like a good idea at the time, when the thought first enters an administrator’s mind, but layers of bureaucracy and multiple steps in the chain of command can eventually mire the patient-doctor relationship in layers of inefficiency.

The answer is not more bureaucracy.

“The goal is to give patients unfettered access to the doctor,” said Dr. Walter Love of Waldoboro, “to get rid of all the people in between the doctor and the patient.”

Following a new model for Family Medicine that has grown into a national trend over the last few years, Love and his wife, Dr. Margaret Webb, set up a shop as a “micropractice” in Waldoboro last year when they established Medomak Family Medicine.

Drs. Love and Webb are both on the IMP Map.