Sept 08, 2018 / by Matt Wanderer
In our society, it is automatically assumed that when a doctor graduates he/she is a “happy doctor”, they ’re instantly making BIG Bucks and living the life! Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. In reality, it’s a tough world out there for newly minted physicians leaving most in a complex and challenging situation, and one that for some reason doesn’t seem to be properly addressed in all that medical school. Welcome to the business world Doc, It’s almost as if the system is rigged against them.
Let me walk you through the frustrations of a doctor: At young age he/she is often one of the brightest in the classroom, the doctors I grew up around were always working twice as hard, they were playing piano or violin- they were never skipping class and many were not really enjoying a normal childhood. Then they make it! They get into that top-tier college, and now they are REALLY studying, studying, studying, skipping the college parties, missing out on all the fun. But all that hard work pays off, they did it again, tops of their class in order to get into the best med schools. Another big battle and victory gets them into a top-notch residency.
At this point, they are working for pennies 80-100 hours a week. But wait, it isn’t over yet! These doctors are then faced with the possibility of going into practice without the prestige of specialist distinction or entering a fellowship to become a specialist. They are the best damn it, what do you think they do? And there goes another 4 years of no money, no sleep, more debt. By the time this is all done, they emerge heroically, and left with half a million in debt, and expected to live up to all the social expectations that come with being the top of our social ranking system, the pinnacle of financial success for all that hard work and delayed gratification.
At this moment, the doctor makes one of two decisions:
- They open their own practice Which sounds pretty risky and scary to me.
- Or “B” they enter the big box health system and concede to a long-term contract where they can actually keep up with those debt payments and make every pound… The only problem is, they are signing up for MORE YEARS of 80-100 hour work. They are giving up the prospect of a normal marriage, time with their kids, the ability to relax and get some satisfaction in life after 30 some years of unstoppable grind.
So how does a doctor break through and find some satisfaction? some peace of mind and a taste of independence??? What if there were a third option to private practice (alone and on your own) and the “big box health system” that is driving doctors to opt out of healthcare altogether? Carie was created as a free care platform to empower the local, independent doctor. We won’t pretend any of this is simple or easy, but we’re paving a new path for doctors looking for a new kind of graduation, one with less stress and pressure, one where they can leverage Carie’s simple platform, to build a deep, healthy, long-term and committed relationships with patients across the country who want a doctor they can get to know and trust over the years to come.
While traditional telehealth, other platforms focus on the cheapest possible experience & least expensive care for the insurance payer. At Carie , we are betting big on the doctor/patient relationship and our doctors are using technology to stay closer and more well connected to their patients without the cost typically associated with “concierge’ care. This focus on long-term doctor-patient relationships is one great example of what differentiates Carie doctors from other providers available “on-line” our doctors are also available LIVE IN-PERSON!, welcome to the future of health care, and to America’s first fully connected digital healthcare team.