Medical Minute: Return of the House Call

When you think of a house call, you might think of a doctor showing up with a little black bag.

House calls are usually thought of as a thing of the past. But now, they're making a comeback with a high-tech twist.

Casey Taylor shows us why medical care at home is becoming popular once again.

Dr. Suzette Reyes gets ready to see her patients, but her patients don't come to her. She goes to them. It's the new generation of doctors making house calls.

"We take care of them like we would in an office, but we bring everything to them,” explains Dr. Reyes.

Eighty-nine-year-old Jody Miller has a check up on the comfort of her own couch.

"We're gonna do a small blood test on you today to check your electrolytes,” Reyes says to Miller.

The test done here saves Jody a trip to the lab. She has the results in just two minutes.

"It helps us physicians, because we can diagnose them, and we don't have to say, 'You need to go and have your X-ray done or go to the lab and have labs done.' We can do it for them in their home,” Reyes adds.

House calls are increasing by about 100,000 each year, a number that is expected to continue to grow with the aging population.

With Jody’s appointment complete, the doctor and her tech are off to their next patient. Ninety-five-year-old Edith Fisk boasts that she is capable of getting to the doctor but admits this makes it easier.

The doctor will see 12 patients today. That's 10 fewer than if she was in the office. She says quantity isn't important to her.

"I don't know how many times during the week that I work that someone will tell me, 'If I didn't have your services, I don't know what I'd do,'" Reyes smiles.

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