Want a Better Doctor? This is Why We’re It.

Robin Berzin, MD
January 30, 2018

We live in a world of antiquated expectations about how we should be interacting with our doctors and receiving medical treatment.

Three of the nation’s largest private employers – Amazon.com, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced a joint plan to start a private venture with the goal of providing their U.S. employees quality care “at a reasonable cost,” per the Wall Street Journal.

Their aim is to create an independent company which has no motives other than to provide for the care of their combined 500,000+ employees. Unsurprisingly, their focus will be on using technology to help lower the cost of healthcare while delivering better quality care.

Sound too good to be true? Luckily, this type of healthcare is available today and you don’t have to be employed by one of the largest companies in the nation to have access to it. We too were tired of the inefficiencies in the sector and created Parsley Health because we knew primary care could do better than a 15-minute visit and reliance on prescriptions.

So how has our approach transformed primary care? Keep reading to learn about how we operate and what type of healthcare we believe everyone should have access to in 2018.

5 things you should expect from your doctor in 2019:

1. You can schedule online

If you are stuck in a round-robin of phone calls, voicemails, and messages left with secretaries with your doctor, there is a better way. At Parsley Health, all scheduling is done with one click online.

2. You can message your doctor directly

Today’s doctors can’t bill insurance for anything but a visit. As a result, doctors hide behind a wall of phone numbers fax machines and administrative staff and only want to talk to you in person.

Luckily at Parsley Health, we operate outside the insurance system so we don’t have them dictating how we can talk to our patients. We talk to you like anyone else does —over email, secure messaging, video, and also in person—whatever works for you.

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3. They avoid prescribing drugs

70% of primary care visits in the United States result in a prescription drug and too many physicians have become “ATMs for pills.” Sadly, the pressure to “fix it and fix it fast” has led to a culture of over-prescribing.

At Parsley Health, we use cutting-edge diagnostics and a whole-body, systems-biology approach to identify the real causes of your symptoms. We create a personalized plan for you that includes nutrition, lifestyle, mental health and knowing your personal story. This means we address your current problems and help you live a healthier life.

4. They always prescribe nutrition advice

Most doctors learn nothing about nutrition in medical school, and many still believe the (very wrong) opinion that “what you eat doesn’t matter.” This is shocking in a world where over 90% of diseases people have are chronic and lifestyle-driven diseases created by what we eat, chronic stress, nutrient deficiencies , and the destruction of our bacterial ecosystem by bad foods and antibiotics.

Foods are the heart of the solution and doctors who aren’t focused on this are missing 90% of the picture. At Parsley Health, our healthcare practitioners will always prescribe you nutrition advice.

5. They don’t charge by the visit

A doctor who bills you for each hour of their time is incentivized— whether they realize it or not—to see you more. At Parsley Health, through our unique membership model we bill a flat annual fee for our services, so we are incentivized for you to get better, not to rack up hours.

Robin Berzin, MD

Dr. Robin Berzin is the founder and CEO of Parsley Health. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Robin completed medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and trained in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

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