Welcome to One Medical, May I Take Your Order Please?

America has a growing demand for physicians in primary care and other specialties. There are some approaches to increasing access to medical care to improve this shortage. Arguably the best and most affordable options to improve the physician workforce are expanding Direct Primary Care (DPC), decreasing regulations on independently practicing physicians, and releasing the cap on GME funding to increase more residency positions. However, commercial medical care options are being amplified on the internet and on neighborhood corners. You may be familiar with retail medical care chains like CVS Minute Clinic and Health Hub, but have you heard of One Medical?  You can order your appointment online and post a selfie while waiting in the exam room of this stylish medical boutique. But, convenience comes at a price. Good luck getting to see a physician if you want one.

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Nicole Johnson MD

Nicole M. Johnson MD is a practicing physician in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and is certified in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Johnson is the President and Co-founder of PHYSICIANS FOR PATIENTS®, a grassroots organization that champions physician-led care and fights against the unsupervised practice of medicine by non-physicians. She is passionate about lowering the cost of medical care for all Americans, solving the physician shortage, and ending mandatory Maintenance of Certification®. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Also visit www.physiciansforpatients.org. 

  2 comments for “Welcome to One Medical, May I Take Your Order Please?

  1. RSW
    May 15, 2019 at 8:47 am

    A high rent office in the Financial District for a primary care office?

    The visit went to the patient’s deductible, but they didn’t collect anything and haven’t billed her?

    No way this will ever be financially viable – it’s obviously being set up to be sold at a huge profit, probably to Pharma or an insurer who wants the data.

  2. Jaclyn Nadler
    May 15, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Great points Nicole. Corporate medicine is counting on the public to embrace convenience over quality. I’m confident most people will see through this and demand physician led care and value a meaningful relationship with their physician in more traditional models such as Direct Primary Care/DPC.

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