Doctors Still Make House Calls

This is a sponsored blog post on behalf of Providence / Swedish. All opinions and experiences are 100% my own.

Nobody likes being under the weather, and the proposition of driving in to visit a health care professional is not always in the cards – for one reason or another. Perhaps it’s just too far for you to travel while ill (with the almost-guaranteed prospect of having to wait even longer for attention once you’ve arrived).

When you have children, your own health often slips to the back burner – not because your own well being isn’t important, but that it ranks low on the list of things that should happen but probably won’t in the average day of keeping up with a toddler (or two) and their absolute demands.

Since Providence (also known as Swedish in the greater Seattle area) knows that 70% of parents already say that juggling family and work is a stressful task outright, visiting a doctor’s office is just one more thing to do. So, what do you do?

You do what I did: instantly connect with a health care provider (via an app) to request an immediate home visit instead of taking the traditional, time-and-travel-intensive route. You can get the app here!

I could write about my experience and reasons I needed what Providence provided, but I feel it would be better to actually have you listen to me and show you some of what happened. If you don’t cringe while seeing what I went through, you’re a stronger adult than me.

I’m grateful that Providence has taken their forward-thinking prowess and funneled it into an on-demand economy possibility. From app install to submitted visit request, I had spent (maybe) five minutes total. That’s unheard of and unmatched in terms of efficiency (at least, in my experience as someone living north of 40 years old). They promise that someone will be on-site for you within 90 minutes, but I believe my appointment had easily started and finished within that timeframe.

You don’t need insurance, but the visit may already be covered by your current provider – but, either way, it’s certainly a lot more affordable than an unnecessary trip to the ER or Urgent Care for help. The data may further connect to your overall health profile if you already belong within the Swedish or Providence systems.

I’m sure I could have come up with a better reason to set up a “house call” the first time around, but health issues sometimes just happen. It’s nice to know that, while the possibility of avoiding any kind of health issues is slim, the probability of Providence / Swedish being able to help you address yours from within the comfort and convenience of your own home is incredibly high.

The prices and options are transparent and up-front, taking even more hassle out of the entire process. When I mentioned this to a friend who had been holding off on getting medical attention for a nagging problem, he was quite grateful.

Now, if only we could get them to cure the common cold with an app! Maybe next year.

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