The alarm rings at 5am jarring a young boy who has had a sleepless night with breathing difficulties. His mother is getting ready to go to work but wants to take her son to see a doctor concerned that her son may have asthma. Does the son have asthma?
Can he see a doctor? Will he be covered by health insurance? Will there by a hospital or health clinic near where the family lives? Will he receive quality care?
These are all questions that our patients we care for, as well as their loved ones, ask every day.
And these are why we became doctors and get up every day to serve our communities.
As members of Doctors Council, we want to ensure that our communities have timely access to the affordable care they need to receive. The best way to treat patients and communities is through prevention and early access to care. When our patients do see us, we want them to have the best patient experience and satisfaction that they can.
As patient advocates that is why we know that our advocacy starts even before our patients are in front of us and continues after our visit. Our patients deserve no less.
The son here needs to see a PCP and may need to have a specialist consult.
Our work with ensuring passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) won health insurance to millions who did not have it before paving the way for more access to care.
We work to keep health care services available to our patients near where they live, working to keep hospitals and clinics open and ensuring funding.
As doctors, we are taking the lead so that when our patients see us they receive the highest quality care and avoid long wait times.
The mother here can take a day off to go see a Primary Care Physician because of the coalition work that Doctors Council took part in for paid sick leave to take care of a loved one.
Our patients come from a diverse background. From safety-net facilities to academic teaching hospitals, from Trauma I hospitals to school health, from FQHCs to community health clinics, we see our patients coming from communities that we are proud to serve and from families that we care about.
Our patients come to see us for everything from an annual check up to the common cold, for a broken leg to complex health conditions. Most times, we get to tell our patients that they have a condition that we can access and do a treatment plan for. Sometimes we have to deliver bad news to our patients. At all times we care about our patients, the care they receive and improving their lives.
“As a Primary Care Physician there is no relationship more important to me that the doctor-patient relationship. I want the time to listen to and treat the whole patient. As a doctor, I want my patients to stay healthy between visits and avoid having more sickness or being admitted to a hospital. I want them to be with their families, at work and leading healthy, fulfilling lives.”
Dr. Frances Quee