On top of that, in a practice, doctors are able to "outsource" a lot of the low-skill labor to either office managers or nurses - the receptionist takes your paperwork and handles the cancellations, the nurse draws blood and takes your vitals, the doctor just rolls in for 15 minutes and listens to your complaint and read the results.
There are already doctor practices that are doing this, but they're going the opposite direction and charging much more or annual fees, for the convenience factor of having the doctor come to you.
Most people don't realize how most of the payment for an office visit with a doctor doesn't actually go to the doctor. We eliminate the need for office space and having someone handle paperwork and insurance and replace it with software.
You're right that there are other doctors with concierge medicine who charge for the convenience. The point is we are making this accessible to patients who have a regular insurance plan and can't or won't pay extra for the convenience factor.
Couple of points that I was hoping you could clarify:
1) A quick google search yields , which says that a typical family doctor has 34 hours a week of patient interactions, 92 patients a day, at about 22 minutes per interaction.
How will you be able to get to those numbers given that you have to coordinate schedules, transport the doctor from appointment to appointment, and make the doctor responsible for all of the secondary aspects of care, like taking vitals and drawing blood? Doctor offices work partially by queueing up people, so that when an appointment runs long, people pile up, and the next appointment is short, and they catch up. How does this work when the doctor does everything, and has to be transported from gig to gig?
2) What's the comparable amount of money a doc will make with circle medical vs. the median amount a doc will make with a group practice, where rent and office management are pooled?
3) With doctors salaried (fixed-cost) but their income variable (number of appointments/day), how will you stay aligned towards patient care? What's to stop you from putting pressure on the doctors to try to cut time down/visit?
1 - http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/05...
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I hope you are very successful.
These tasks are generally left to physician assistants and nurse practitioners who are paid on average about half as much as primary care physicians (about 100k vs 200k).
In many states, they can be found practicing in pharmacies and supermarkets and seem to see around a half dozen patients per hour.
I think it will be tough for mobile medical practitioners to beat price/convenience levels of retail nurse practitioners and physician assistants.