Where Have All The GPs Gone?

It’s been true for decades or even longer that specialty fields are where you find all the money when it comes to the field of medicine.  When a doctor encounters an illness that’s at all serious, the specialist comes in to save the day by providing just the right diagnosis and treatment plan, curing the patient and getting all the credit in the process.

It’s not surprising, then, that most medical students choose to specialize in order to get the added money and accolades, and as a result the ratio of general practitioners to specialists has been steadily moving in the specialists’ favor for quite some time.  However, this poses a problem for the medical community because GPs are the gateway to medical services.  Hospital patients and clinic visitors will meet with a GP or a pediatrician first since the majority of health complaints are common and easily managed by a generalist, plus the GP will know which specialists a patient should visit.

For their part, specialists no longer engage in general medicine the way they used to.  Thanks to a variety of factors such as an increase in America’s population, an overall increase in medical knowledge, and hospital overcrowding, specialists see plenty of patients who need their unique skills without having to add routine physicals and checkups to their schedules.

This coverage gap has led to a number of recent changes in the field of medicine as clinics and hospitals try to find ways to adapt.  For instance, the number of nurse practitioners is on the rise, giving nurses the authority to handle the sort of mild complaints and specialist referrals you’d normally need a GP to handle.  Despite these changes, however, doctors throughout the country remain as overworked as ever.

ProScribe represents another modern solution to this long-standing problem.  Although we can’t fix the ratio of GPs to specialists or flood the market with much-needed physicians, what we can do is provide doctors, clinics, and hospitals with professional assistants who are qualified to handle the often stifling paperwork of modern medicine.

Our scribes don’t diagnose patients or prescribe medications, but they do answer phone calls, arrange schedules, collect and file test results and observations, and otherwise handle administrative duties which doctors and nurses would otherwise have to perform themselves.  This allows physicians to spend more time with their patients, visit more patients in a day, and even have some free time for themselves on the weekend.  Our service pays for itself if we can get a doctor to see just two more patients per day, and if you’re interested in hiring some administrative medical assistants you can contact us for a free consultation today.