The seemingly out-dated, impractical service of house calls has all but vanished from today's medical scene. Deemed "too expensive" by insurance providers, the sick and elderly must make their way to their doctor's waiting rooms despite pain, chronic illness, and whatever other ailments they endure.
Doc H has always run a very busy practice. He is always on the run...OR, breakfast meeting, clinic, department meeting, consult, emergency, rounds, assist, admin, M&M's, chief meeting, lunch meeting, dictations, emails, phone messages, phone calls, conference call, regional meeting, order CT, order MR, schedule call, schedule case, prep case, order devices, re-schedule call, cross-cover, bump case, reschedule case, counsel patient, counsel family... There's so much more; the list goes on and on and on. Just watching him run in and out of the house as if his drawers are on fire is exhausting.
In fact, I'm guessing he's not feeling that great at the moment. He came home very early by our standards and is in bed sleeping as I type. It's 6pm.
My point? Doc H is one busy, tired man. Yet, despite it all, he will still go out of his way to make an occasional house call...even if, while he's inside, yours truly is dressed up and waiting for a fancy night of wining and dining... in the passenger seat of Doc H's car.