Patients Speed-Dating for Doctors

Speed-dating approach chooses doctors

By Bruce Felps
|  Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010  |  Updated 5:15 PM CDT
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Patients Speed-Dating for Doctors

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Patients Speed-Dating for Doctors

Texas Health Harris Methodist is putting potential patients in a room full of doctors giving them a chance to build a relationship with someone who could be their new doctor.
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Working a room in rapid-fire interview sessions might make sense when looking for a date Friday night. Texas Health HEB, though, offers up the same approach to selecting a physician.

Doc Shop happens Tuesday, Aug. 10, Oct. 7, and Dec. 1 at the Harris Methodist Hospital in Bedford. The sessions are free, last about 30 minutes — five minutes with each doctor — and require reservations because, well sure, everybody wants to interview a potential doctor in public.

A couple of the sessions are geared toward women in search of a new obstetrician-gynecologist, which should really make this public process even more, um, interesting.

These are just interviews, right?

The hospital also conducts similar sessions for choosing a pediatrician and a general practitioner.

Still, the speed selection process might not be such a bad idea as we head toward even more streamlined health care as necessitated by HMOs, PPOs, and HOHOHOs. 

We might be allowed only five minutes of exam time as the accountants and corporate managers continue taking over all facets of medical practices.

“Doc, it hurts when I do this.”

“Well, don’t do that. That’ll be $218, please. Next”

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. There’s a reason he doesn’t trust doctors.

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