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Old 07-06-2012, 05:25 PM   #1
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"Campground" Doctor?

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?

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Old 07-06-2012, 05:35 PM   #2
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It would not interest me at all

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Old 07-06-2012, 05:43 PM   #3
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I would anticipate some legal issues.

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I suspect the licensing and insurance requirements will soon become oppressive.

At any given time, how many people are sick in a given campground? Most of us don't go traveling if we're not feeling well.

If I were more than mildly ill, I'd be going straight to an emergency room, bypassing things like Urgent Care facilities (which is basically what her service will provide).

If I were only mildly so, I'd probably just stay in bed for a few extra hours.

Would I be looking for The Unknown Medical Transient? Sorry......

I wish you luck, but I wouldn't buy stock in it. Sorry for being candid, but I think that's what you want from us.

Just my musings, and others may see it all in a much more positive vein.

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Can't really see a need nor would it interest me.

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Old 07-06-2012, 05:46 PM   #6
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It would not interest me at all

I'm afraid it's a solution to a problem most of us don't have. If I'm traveling and need to see a physician, how would I even know that there was one in the park at that particular time and why would I choose that facility which doesn't accept my insurance?

A number of our members are traveling RNs but I'm sure that's a much easier legal hurdle than with a physician.

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No worries on being too candid. That's the idea. Some of the issues that have been raised certainly are challenges. I think the key issue is need. If there is a need, the other challenges could possibly be addressed. But if the need doesn't exist, well, that's the answer.

Again, appreciate the input.
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A great many of us are on Medicare/Tricare or something similar. If you are a cash only business, most would not be interested. If you opted to handle Med/Tri, to get our business, the paperwork would require you to hire a small staff.
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Licensing would be a nightmare as would billing. I wouldn't be interested even if those were surmounted.
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How will she handle the Military insurance, Medicare or the Advantage plans? Also licensing in multiple states? I can see way more problems than benefits.

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In days of old when folks were bold Doctors made house calls.

Then lawyers started advertising "Get paid, Sue your doctor" and ...

Well. Many doctors stopped.

Legally I think a camper call would qualify as a house call.

Do I think such a service would have value,, YES, Would it be handy YES. would it save lives, Quite likely,. I mean many campgrounds are a good half hour from competnet medical professional help,, (Not the same as competent help by any means) and the time it takes EMS to arrive can be critical.

I also think more campgrounds should have both an A.E.D. and staff trained in it's use.
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She might consider working a circuit in very rural areas. She could license as necessary for a defined area. Proper equipment and supplies would be bulky. Private exam areas could be problematic. Perhaps communities in the area would be able to set up clinic space that she would work from on a rotating schedule. I have seen this work in the out islands of the Bahamas.

Probably would not make much money, but it might be very satisfying.
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No, sorry I would not be interested. Most folks deal with their medical issues at home and if an emergency arrives they would go to the ER were there is up to date equipment if needed and they also would accept insurance. Good luck finding a way to work and travel.
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I think this concept might work with a Dentist, but I don't see it happening with a Doctor. Lab test are required and most people will have some form of insurance. Medicare and Medicaid are very paperwork intensive.

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