By Chris English
MAY 1, 2013 –
Preventive medicine is a term that’s been around for ages, but Dr. Charles Whitney strives to take it to another level by helping the United States enter what he calls the “third era of medicine.”
For his efforts in that area and others, Whitney — owner and sole practitioner of Revolutionary Health Services in the Washington Crossing section of Upper Makefield — has been named one of America’s “Top Docs” by Concierge Medicine Today magazine.
Concierge medicine, which Whitney prefers to call direct primary care, is a concept by which doctors charge a set annual fee and are available to patients virtually 24/7 via phone or email. They generally treat fewer patients and are thus able to spend more time with each.
Whitney’s annual fee is $2,000, which is not covered by insurance. He’s planning to add another physician because he’s nearing his patient capacity of 400.
The concierge approach enables Whitney to concentrate on the third era of medicine, he said.
“The goal is to actually empower people to create health,” he said. “They feel better, get off some medication and supplements, and prevent disease from starting. The third era of medicine gives an individual the opportunity for more good years.”
It’s all about proactive medicine, Whitney added.
“We live in a very reactionary disease care society,” he said. “Waiting until a disease presents itself to begin addressing it is very costly. This is what I call the second era medicine. It is bankrupting our country.”
Whitney uses a process called projection diagnostics, which is finding the most innovative diagnostic testing available to help spot health problems or bad trends before they become serious.
“We try to give people more of an opportunity to change their health plan so they never get cancer, never have that heart attack or never get dementia,” said Whitney, vice president of the American Academy of Private Physicians.
Routine office visits are a minimum of 30 minutes but he’ll spend up to two hours with a patient for an annual wellness evaluation.