“THANK YOU”, and “L’Chaim”.

Although this will probably be posted at some later date, I am writing this entry on the morning of our 30th medical practice anniversary event.  We have done our best  to try to invite as many current patients, past patients, friends, families and colleagues to the event.   This event is not about “me” but rather, I wanted the opportunity to say “thank you” to those people that placed their trust in me and the team to contribute to their health and well-being.

The delivery of medicine has changed dramatically in the 30 years we have kept our doors open.   In the “old days” a new doctor would simply hang out a shingle with his/her name in front of an office, participate with insurance plans and the practice would build.  Due to a number of factors, including the incredible hostile insurance reimbursement issues damaging primary care doctors’ revenues, solo doctor, private practices are heading to extinction.  The statistics clearly document that each year the number of doctors in their own practices are shrinking whereas the number of “employed” doctors are increasing.

The advent of “retail medicine”, where goliath companies such as CVS and Walgrens, offer an array of primary care services in their stores staffed by Nurse Practitioners, has further eroded the financial viability of primary care practices with 1-2 doctors.  Add on the availability of telemedicine visits from very large companies such as MD Live and Teladoc, and this also adds to the struggles facing independent doctors.

I consider myself to be incredibly fortunate to have withstood these changes and continue to offer my medical and weight control services in an environment where we can make our own decisions and not have some corporate giant or large hospital system dictate how I/we practice medicine.

I have you to thank for this and I realize that many of you could not attend the function, so per this note, I want to raise my glass (of some 0 calorie beverage, after all I gotta walk the talk) and say “THANK YOU”, and “L’Chaim”.  The “L’Chaim” refers to the Hebrew word, often used as a toast at a happy event, and the English translation is “To Life”.   I hope that my team and I have contributed at least in some small way to a healthier and happier life for you and your loved ones.  I will continue to strive to continue to do so for the next 30 years! 

Author
Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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