All of the
comprehensive, adult primary health care services summarized below
are covered in this plan. A drastically reduced
patient load will enable me to offer superior, time intensive,
personal medical attention to each of my patients.
Under this arrangement, I will provide
you with unhurried office visits for medical problems you
develop as well as for periodic comprehensive physicals*. Constant
emphasis will be placed on early detection strategies, health
screening, wellness promotion and preventive health counseling.
Office appointments will last as long as necessary to address your
health care concerns.
Routine office procedures, such as EKGs,
treadmill exercise testing, lung function testing, pulse oximetry, vaccinations and injections, will be included.
If ever you require hospitalization, I will
admit you to Eisenhower Medical Center and provide daily hospital
care, directing all in-patient diagnostic and therapeutic services
to minimize your hospital length of stay.
Similarly, if the need arises, I will provide
medical management and supervise nursing care for you at a skilled
nursing facility or through home health care agencies.
When medically appropriate and necessary, I
will make house calls.
Scheduling – 24/7 Physician Access
Office appointments will be available on a
same day basis, or scheduled on a day and time that you prefer.
Meticulous time management will ensure that I will see you on time
to prevent all waiting in the office. Usually, you will be the
only patient in the office during your
In contrast to most medical practices today
which impose barriers to effective patient-physician communication,
you will have direct access to me at all times, for any medical
issues, large or small.
After office hours and on weekends, your
urgent calls will always come directly to me, either through a
dedicated pager or cellular phone – 365 days a year - and my
response will be immediate. If you need to be seen, I will see you
myself at any time. Only when I am out of town and not physically
able to attend you will I arrange for another excellent
internist-associate to provide for your hands-on care
Personal Physician Advocacy
Navigating the system of medical resources
beyond my office can be complicated, slow and unsatisfying. My
office will take care of all arrangements for you with medical
subspecialists, surgeons, radiology and CT-MRI imaging centers,
laboratory and diagnostic testing centers, physical therapists,
nutritionists and pharmacies. I will be your personal advocate to
facilitate and expedite your care. If it becomes necessary to refer
you for consultation, I will carefully select specialists and
medical providers with you and your specific problem in mind and I
will personally contact them about your
If you spend part of your time away from the desert, I will initiate and maintain direct
with your home town physicians.
will keep all of your doctors current on your health status by
telephone, mail or electronic data transfer. This form of ongoing
collaboration is vital in assuring your year-round continuity of
*The annual fee is calculated to cover a comprehensive
annual physical examination and the time equivalent of a one-hour
doctor visit every week, allotted on an annualized basis. This
exceptional allowance far exceeds even the greatest historical
utilization of services (in-patient and out-patient visits) that I
have ever observed in my practice. Services in addition to this will
be billed on a fee-for-service