Health & Wellness Trendsetters are leading the way in helping people live healthier, happier lives by changing their eating and exercise habits so that they can maintain a healthy weight and keep their bodies moving.
Health & Wellness Trendsetters: A New Model of Direct Primary Care
Some direct primary care physicians are pioneering a new model of care because they don’t believe that they can render good quality care to patients within the constraints of the insurance reimbursement system. Direct Primary Care is one of the new models. Dr. Emilie Scott and her husband, James Goar, MD. have opened such a practice, Halcyon Health, in Newport Beach, California.
Dr. Scott is my personal physician. I pay a reasonable monthly fee and have unlimited access to her expertise and caring concern for me and my health. I highly recommend Emilie and am pleased to see a new health care model emerge that actually works for both patients and physicians.
Health & Wellness Trendsetters: Interview with Dr. Emilie Scott
1. What is your background?
I am originally from Orange County. I am a family medicine physician. I trained in New York City at the Mt Sinai, Beth Israel hospital. After I completed my residency, I moved back to Orange County.
I started my career at the UCI family medicine department I greatly enjoyed teaching, but found myself frustrated with the bureaucracy and then moved to a private medical group. I was optimistic that working in a private group would allow me to be the physician I had pictured myself being when I decided to go into medicine. Sadly, this was not the truth and instead I found myself being pulled even further away from what I felt was the right thing to do for my patients.
What I realized was that the way we provide primary care to people, having insurance pay doctors for each visit, test ordered, and procedure, leads to unhappy patients and doctors.
So, with the support of my husband, we decided to open our own Direct Primary Care practice. Our patients pay a monthly fee directly to us. Now with the insurance out of the equation, I can provide the care I have always wanted to provide to my patients. I have more time with them to build trust and I can be more accessible to help them when they need me.
2. What inspired/motivated you to get into the health and wellness field?
To me there is nothing more satisfying then being able to help someone. I know it might sound cheesy, but it’s really how I feel. I have seen people chase jobs for money and it’s just not what really matters. I get so much joy out of being helpful.
3. What is most rewarding to you about your profession?
I am so honored to have the trust of my patients. People tell me what really matters to them and I get to have this truly genuine experience with people. I love connecting with people and finding ways to help them gently move towards a better place of happiness and peace. There really isn’t anything more rewarding than that in my opinion.
4. As a trendsetter, what do you predict will be the next big trend in your industry?
I can see that doctors who have independent private practices and want to continue to provide the personal care will likely have to switch to Direct Primary Care to stay financially afloat. I do think Direct Primary care solves a lot of the big problems we have in health care right now. It also saves money improves the experience of both patients and physicians and helps improve health. I think we will see more of this model in the future.
5. What tips/advice would you give for someone trying to achieve optimal health?
It has to come from a deeper place of peace and happiness. I think all of the most valuable aspects of life that improve our health are not expensive. Good friends, a sense of purpose, whole fresh foods, good sleep, and plenty of activity are the key.
6. What is your favorite healthy meal?
I LOVE sweet potatoes with some butter….simple and delicious.