It’s easy to understand the appeal of big box stores. They’re everywhere. They have lots of inventory. The economy of scale allows them to sell goods for lower prices. You may feel guilt for not supporting local mom and pop businesses, but at the end of the day, if you just need to quickly stock up on coffee and Q-tips, a big box store will do.
Of course, you know better than to ask the employees at big box stores for help with anything. Their slick advertisements may claim otherwise, but warmth, compassion and customer service are all foreign concepts to megacorporations.
No matter. Depersonalization is tolerable so long as you’re buying fungible household goods. But your immeasurably important health is an altogether different story. When it comes to your body – the only one you will ever have – a large and impersonal “big box” health clinic is wholly inadequate. You deserve personalized care. You deserve to have a relationship with your doctor. And above all else, you deserve the best health outcomes medicine can provide.
Small Clinics Provide Personalized Care
If you have ever gone to a large medical center, then you already know how it feels to be treated like a number. To a mega clinic, you are nothing more than the information that pops up when the barcode on your wristband is scanned.
Small clinics are precisely the opposite. To be sure, your medical information is tracked just as closely, but your data alone do not define who you are as a patient. You will not have to navigate infuriating phone menus in order to schedule an appointment. You will not be met by a receptionist who treats you like an inconvenience, and who doesn’t care if you aren’t seen by a doctor on the same day that you had scheduled an appointment. You will not receive treatment by a doctor who doesn’t know your name, and who only perceives you as an obstacle separating them from their 4pm tee time.
We can’t blame mega clinic doctors for espousing blasé attitudes. Unlike the doctors at boutique clinics, they simply aren’t afforded the time to nurture rewarding physician-patient relationships. Their workplaces have adopted an industrial model of health care. It’s economical – but naturally, you’re not interested in your health care provider’s bottom line. You’re only interested in receiving great health care.
Small Clinics Can Provide Better Care
Small, physician-owned practices don’t just provide more personalized care. In addition to fewer preventable hospital admissions, their patients also benefit from lower readmission rates than those of larger, independent- or hospital-owned practices. In no uncertain terms, patients of smaller clinics go to the hospital less frequently than patients of larger ones.
This phenomenon is likely due to several factors. Smaller clinics give their physicians the time and resources they need to actually diagnose and treat patients instead of merely referring them elsewhere. Smaller clinics are substantially easier to book appointments at, and also may be more flexible with their hours. Smaller clinics may also provide more specialized care than larger ones, and therefore have the means to treat medical conditions which “one-size-fits-all” mega clinics cannot.
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Dr. Sperling and Dr. Felton could have gone to work at big box clinics, but doing so just wouldn’t have satisfied their deep-seated passion for personalized, quality podiatric care. That is why they have chosen Twin Cities Foot & Ankle Clinic: a patient-first podiatry clinic, where rewarding relationships are cherished and hospital visits are prevented as often as possible.If you would like to experience the difference a small Twin Cities podiatry clinic represents, then we encourage you to contact Twin Cities Foot & Ankle Clinic in Golden Valley, MN today.