House Calls Are Popular Again

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    Apr 21, 2014 1:35 AM GMT
    NYT: A relic from the medical past — the house call — is returning to favor as part of some hospitals’ palliative care programs, which are sending teams of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other workers to patients’ homes after they are discharged. The goal is twofold: to provide better treatment and to cut costs.

    Confusion continues to exist over what palliative care is and whom it is for. Broadly, it is meant to ease symptoms and pain, and focus on quality of life for severely ill patients, who can choose between continuing or halting traditional medical treatment.

    Palliative care also occurs in hospitals, but an added emphasis on home care has been a selling point. A vast majority of patients would rather be at home than in a hospital anyway, said Dr. R. Sean Morrison, co-director of the new Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and director of the National Palliative Care Research Center.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/business/house-calls-are-making-a-comeback.html?hpw&rref=health
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    Apr 21, 2014 2:57 AM GMT
    Your thread title is misleading since the article is focusing on house calls for palliative care patients. And the word "popular" does not appear anywhere on that article.
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    Apr 21, 2014 3:36 AM GMT
    I thought this was going to be a thread about hookers.

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    Apr 21, 2014 1:17 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidI thought this was going to be a thread about hookers.

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    Apr 21, 2014 1:34 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidI thought this was going to be a thread about hookers.

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    Without anything mentioning medical it does seem that way. Lol
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    Apr 21, 2014 1:40 PM GMT
    Hey Guys, This thread is opened under the category of "Gay Men's Health" so not sure why you guys would think it may be associated with hookers. Giggles!
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    Apr 21, 2014 3:53 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidHey Guys, This thread is opened under the category of "Gay Men's Health" so not sure why you guys would think it may be associated with hookers. Giggles!


    A "healthy sex life" for those who are "mobility challenged" may involve hookers who visit the "homebound" using a "house call".
  • LJay

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    Apr 21, 2014 4:03 PM GMT
    Heard a news story quite a while back about how house calls by nurse practitioners are being used in Denmark and are actully more cost effective than clinics for some people.

    My insurance company has a program of nurse practitioners who visit and do assessments.

    I also have a friend who is 88 and lives in a small town at some distance from clinic care. She has a visiting nurse who deals with most of her routine checkups and updates and it works well.

    There is much to be said for the doctor with the black bag who comes to your house.
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    Apr 21, 2014 4:43 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidI thought this was going to be a thread about hookers.

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    I am soooooo disappointed.

    Personally I'd rather be in a hospital. Closer to needed resources and surrounded by excellent medical minds. I also just find hospitals totally fascinating. Until they drain me of my money. But that's another story.
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    Apr 21, 2014 5:13 PM GMT
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    GAMRican saidI thought this was going to be a thread about hookers.

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    I am soooooo disappointed.

    Personally I'd rather be in a hospital. Closer to needed resources and surrounded by excellent medical minds. I also just find hospitals totally fascinating. Until they drain me of my money. But that's another story.


    Did you read the article? If yes, do you understand what palliative care is? If you ever become a palliative care patient (and I hope you don't), then you'd want to be at home instead of a hospital.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 21, 2014 6:42 PM GMT
    I'm a financial advisor, and I do "house calls" on a regular basis....LOL. I realize the discussion here centers on medical attention and what would be wise depending.

    I'm all for a choice, everyone is different and house calls for a doctor can be advantageous for some. I would just think the cost would be an issue. Still nice to see the possibility.
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    Apr 21, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
    I want to play Doctor with HndsmKansan.

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  • LJay

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    Apr 21, 2014 7:23 PM GMT
    Cash, if you make house calls, I think I need you to come and check my heart. It is beating.
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    Apr 21, 2014 7:44 PM GMT
    I cannot believe you guys turn this into "Let's Play Doctor" thread! Giggles!
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    Apr 21, 2014 9:15 PM GMT
    ...not in my house.
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    Apr 21, 2014 9:22 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidI thought this was going to be a thread about hookers.

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    Apr 22, 2014 3:56 AM GMT
    Huh, palliative care at home is nothing new. Medicare and Medicaid have provided it for decades as have many private insurance plans.

    Welcome to 1970 New York Times. Its nice to see you are progressing from the era of The New Deal.