StudioTulsa on Health: An Accomplished Doctor (and Popular Medical Blogger) Explains "Direct Care"

Jul 26, 2013

On this edition of ST on Health, guest host John Schumann presents an interesting conversation with the Augusta, Georgia-based physician, Dr. Rob Lamberts, who writes a popular medical blog called "Musings of a Distractible Mind" --- and who's also an expert on (and, indeed, a practitioner of) the so-called Direct Care method of health care. As Dr. Lamberts explains on his personal website, he left his longtime group practice in September of 2012 in order to "build a new solo practice, Dr. Rob Lamberts, LLC. This practice will use the Direct Care model, which means: I will not accept insurance; my patients will pay between $30 and $60 per month (depending on age) for whatever care they need; there will be no co-pays for visits, and as few additional fees as I can get away with; I will keep the patient number low (1/3 of my previous practice's size) so I can give better care for my patients; people will have direct access to me via phone, text, online visits, and by whatever other means we can come up with --- the goal is to give improved access, so people don't have to come in to my office, and (especially) don't have to use the rest of the health care system; and [lastly] I will build a library of online resources for my patients so they can get their questions answered as easily as possible at the time these questions arise." It's a very different way of practicing medicine, clearly, and one that Dr. Lamberts is finding much success with, thus far anyway. And as he affirms our show today, Direct Care --- which he has labeled "Old-Fashioned Care Made New" --- just might be the way of the future.