In 1940, approximately 40% of all patient-doctor visits took the form of house calls; by 1980, only about 1% of doctor visits took place in patients’ homes. House calls, which help meet the needs of a variety of patients, can help foster stronger doctor-patient relationships and better health outcomes. At Discover Health in San Francisco, internist Dr. Clifford Sewell, family medicine specialist Dr. Radha Lewis, and pediatricians Dr. Oded Herbsman and Dr. Jon-Michael Castelli provide house call services to area patients. To learn more, call or book an appointment online today.
Housecall services, also known as in-home physician care, provide a way for doctors to bring quality health care services to patients who, for one reason or another, can’t make it into the office for a regular appointment.
Many house call patients have long-term conditions that require regular in-home appointments, but some only have short-term issues that will eventually be resolved.
The house-call physicians at Discover Health can provide:
For homebound patients with chronic medical conditions, house calls ensure that patients who can’t make it into the office get the continued care they need to stay healthy and maintain a quality lifestyle.
House calls can help patients with heart disease, renal failure, and chronic pulmonary disease manage their symptoms. Because house call appointments last longer than in-office visits, they also offer doctors a better glimpse into their patients’ lives and help foster a stronger doctor-patient relationship.
House call services are appropriate for a wide range of patients in a variety of situations. For example, you may want to schedule a house call appointment if you have an acute illness, such as the flu or a severe migraine. If you’re a mother trying to manage several small children when one of them is under the weather, a house call may also be your best option.
Likewise, if you have a chronic health condition that requires ongoing medical treatment, house calls can make the difference between receiving continued care, going without, or even ending up in the emergency room.
Discover Health’s house call team sees patients throughout the greater San Francisco metropolitan area. For your convenience, they can see you or your child at your home, workplace, school, or daycare. Call or book your appointment online today.