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Old 07-06-2012, 07:51 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Bryan H
If you had access to a doctor with a pay-for-service approach while camping (likely at seasonal type parks), would that be a service you would be interested in receiving? My DW is a family physician who will complete residency training in a year. We love to travel in our motorhome, and I'm wondering if her profession could potentially complement a mobile lifestyle. Generally speaking, we would probably stay at a location for a few weeks, whatever is necessary to provide care for the area campers. A fee schedule would be provided that covers typical services, and cash/credit payment (no insurance) would be accepted. For discussion purposes, let's say a typical visit to address a complaint and prescribe the appropriate medication would be $50. The visit would be completed in an exam room within the motorhome. Arrangements/approval from the CG ownership would be required. Furthermore, we would probably target a few key states b/c the licensing and insurance requirements can be quite onerous, and maintaining several will be challenging.

Any thoughts? Is that a need that seasonal or FT campers have?
Tell her congratulations!

Now to your question,

Its Possible but it would be extremely costly for your DW to maintain a license and insurance in all the states you would want to travel. Now the Good Samaritan Laws would come into play for Emergency No Charge assistance she provides but a pay as you go type deal might be quite time and $ consuming on your/her part.

State requirements vary on credentialing so it may require a legal retainer as well.

The CG would need to be inspected as is any other medical office building- codes, accreditation agencies,etc. ( Unless you had a mobile clinic- trailer separate from the RV)

Then you would also need a way to review current meds, conditions, maladies, etc.. (EMR) electronic medical records are big and getting bigger- most places require it and only use paper for emergencies- so she would need to access those records for reconciliation purposes( National Patient Safety Goal) Very unlikely most EMR service providers would allow the access she would need to have a true practice.

All that said- has she considered signing up as a Disaster Relief Provider with the Red Cross or other organizations? Her license and credentials would most likely still be in effect for these type circumstances. ( Hurricanes, Tornado, etc..)

Good luck and let us know how she feels about it and it you start it up.

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Old 07-06-2012, 08:32 PM   #16
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I agree with those feeling less than positive about visiting an "unknown" doc who "frequents campgrounds." Nothing personal and I'm sure your wife will make a fine doc. But that reeks volums of malpractice suits.

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