Dr. Christine Hoch
My goal is simply to support you in a real-life approach to your health care so that you actually succeed in achieving optimal health. By providing quality Chiropractic and Acupuncture services, specific nutritional support, education on how to reduce stress and achieve a balanced nutrient dense diet, and by providing wellness programs and services, you will ultimately have the physical capabilities and stamina to carry out your life’s purpose with less threat of disease and dependence on medications. I am your drug-less health care provider! If you are dissatisfied with the impersonal nature of today’s health care system, if you feel rushed with your doctor and unable to ask the important questions about your health, if your time is too valuable to wait weeks for an appointment and then spend an hour or more in the waiting room, or if you are looking for hands-on care that doesn’t involve more medications – then my practice is a great fit for you.
Our society today is currently being plagued by chronic disease. Pick your poison: heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, allergies, auto-immune diseases, chronic insomnia/fatigue, chronic pain, stress, gastrointestinal issues, and obesity the list goes on and on of the things that are slowing killing us. As a physician in a practice comprised of mostly men and women ages 35 and older, the effects of current health epidemics continue to show up through anxiety, insomnia, fibromyalgia, and pain syndromes, digestive distress, metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes) and various hormonal disorders. At last count, 66% of Americans were overweight or obese, and a large majority of the US population are nutrient deficient. All of this illness is slowly bankrupting us, both personally and as a nation. Currently, with the way that most medical practices are set up, there is little room for implementing education and lifestyle coaching. With the encouragement of the insurance industry, the current model perpetuates a cycle of hour-long wait times for 3-minute visits and the doling out of even more medications. Specific patient-centered health education, spending time getting to know the patients more personally, and learning about lifestyle practices of patients goes by the wayside because it simply is not something that is valued in terms of health insurance reimbursement. Therefore most insurance based practices can’t and don’t spend the time and resources to complete these foundational tasks of true healthcare. It is for these reasons, I’ve decided to do things differently. With some physicians, you may have suspicions that you are not be getting everything that you really need. Most likely you didn’t know where to turn for an alternative. You want to be able to reach out for needed information at a moment’s notice and in a way that is convenient for you. You want to know that your doctor is truly a partner in your health and not just invested in a billable office visit. I want to deliver this experience to you and work together on a more personal connection with you and your overall health. I realize that the majority of Americans have health insurance plans.
What’s Different About My Practice: I’m Accessible
By choosing to not accept insurance (except for billing to Medicare), I have more time to spend one-on-one with patients. Rather than typing reports and sending and re-sending records for a review process that never seems to end, I can still continue to help insured patients, by having you file your own claims with the detailed receipt supplied to you at the time of each visit. When I learned that many co-pays are actually more than my average office visit fee, I knew I could go to a cash practice and you, my patient, wouldn’t suffer for it. The benefit to you then is, because I am not a party to any insurance provider contract, the services I provide and when I provide them are not restricted in any way. Together, you and I decide what the best course of action for you is, and we follow that path.
Additionally, my staff and I take into account the fact that most patients need more than 5-7 minutes per visit (the average currently at most doctor’s offices). I acknowledge that your time is just as valuable as mine, and, therefore, I have a no waiting policy. In my eyes, anything more than a 10-minute wait to see your doctor for a scheduled appointment is too long. I understand that you have busy lives and need access to your physicians for advice outside of the office visit. Sometimes it is just to answer questions or to reinforce a health plan that was previously established. I understand that things come up from time to time, and an appointment may need to be changed. A phone call isn’t always the best option either, so my staff and I are available via text and e-mail as well.