I know what drives me.
As a wellness activist, I understand the importance of well care. I also understand the importance of self care and I try to teach this to my patients. However, there is not just enough time for me to teach each and every patient I see about this.
Within the confines of my day, there is clearly just not enough time allocated to provide this service to the sick patients that really need it the most.
You see, as a primary care physician, I typically see patients within an allocated period of time with the intent to optimally provide an accurate diagnosis and initiate the appropriate medication management.
We inevitably suggest medications because the reality is, we believe that the patient may not be able to make the necessary lifestyle adjustments in increments enough to change the course of their disease. As a result, the average physician is trained to rely mostly on pills and procedures to fix health problems.
I must say though that things are changing, albeit slowly. The reimbursement model for physicians is changing as the health insurance companies are starting to implement paying for value rather than volume. (That value proposition however is still only in play once you are ill and within the sick care/ crisis network).
I love medicine and I still love to teach resident physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants and try to impart my knowledge to them whenever possible. There is always going to be a place for sick care and how to appropriately diagnose and treat illnesses and I play my part.
I still contend however, that there is just not enough emphasis placed on preventive care and lifestyle medicine and reimbursing good practitioners to really keep you well.
My vision for the Healthcare Gallery & Wellness Spa was to provide resources to patients to take care of themselves better so perhaps we can keep them out of the sick care network. I have spent my money, time and resources to do so because I believe this to my core.
I can sit back and do nothing but that would be me going against every grain of who I am and what I am supposed to be doing with life and the time I am allocated here on earth.
Imagine the long term value that can be realized if we can help someone avoid medications, hospitalizations, medical procedures or delaying a heart attack or stroke by several years.
It means many more more years of that individual working, generating income, getting a better quality of life, longer time spent with family during holidays, traveling in my case, etc…this, my friends, is what drives me.
My question to you is, “What drives you?”
What drives you to want to make better lifestyle or wellness choices? What drives you to make a difference in this world that you get one shot at?
If you are ready to make the decision to start your wellness journey so you can get back to the things that are important to you, take a look at our services.