SOLO PARENT MAGAZINE: House Call Doctors Are Here to Help Posted on: Sep 17, 2015 by Tina O’Reilly
Dr. Mark Gettleman started Dr. Goofy Gettwell Pediatrics because he felt medicine was becoming more like a fast food restaurant – see more patients, spend less time. Neither were the regular 9-5 hours viable. Illness doesn’t keep working hours, does it?
SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 – “Your child gets sent home from school sick. After navigating the doctor’s automatic phone system, you finally secure an appointment for the following day,” Gettleman said. “That morning, after calling in sick to your work, you pile the kids in the car, battle traffic to get to the doctor’s office on time. You park, drag the kids, diaper bags and snacks inside. You are handed a stack of papers resembling a small metropolitan phone book and are asked to read and fill out forms. As you give the receptionist a nervous glance, she says, don’t worry, you’ll have time. The doctor is running an hour behind.”
He went on to add, “Sitting in the waiting room, you notice that the coughing from around the room sounds eerily like dogs barking to the tune of Jingle Bells. Finally, your daughter’s name is called. In the exam room, you let out a small sigh of relief. Half an eternity later, the doctor graces you with her presence. Seven and a half minutes later you’re back in the car with a prescription, off to find a pharmacy.”
This is not exactly the way parents would like to see medical care unfold. Dr. Gettleman started daydreaming about building his practice from scratch.