Is the 1-Doctor practice dead? Does anyone have a family doctor or pediatrician who is not part of a ‘clinic’?

When I was a kid, growing up in a medium-to-large sized city, our doctor ran his office with the help of two or three nurses and a receptionist. Fast forward a few decades, and I know of no doctor who has such a practice, by himself. My current family doctor, whom I am happy with, is part of a medical associates company that has about a dozen doctors. I see only him when I have an appointment. It isn’t a clinic in the strictest sense. But I am just wondering if anyone goes to a doctor who isn’t part of a larger group these days? Judging from my region of the country, one doctor to one office seems part of the past.

Related: Does anyone know if there is any incentive to join a group, if you are a new doctor, besides the money one? Have insurance companies forced this sort of "pooling" of doctors into companies?

You are right. I think the cost of liability insurance has forced this issue. But, I think this is better because this way, other doctors will cover for your doctor when he/she is away and they will have access to your files.



  • Sure do, for 15 years now. I just call him up and he comes out to my house. Love him thankyou doctore Nagy, you are the best, if only more doctors where like you. He loves his patients and they love him.References :

  • I am in FL…my Dr. has a partner, but they don’t see each other’s patients. The down side is you almost have to have an apt. to see her. It sort of sucks when you wake up sick and want to get in……she’s always booked. I would bet the pooling has to do with insurance hassles, rent, paying the support staff salaries….w/ HMOs now, Dr’s don’t make the $$ they used to.References :

  • You are right. I think the cost of liability insurance has forced this issue. But, I think this is better because this way, other doctors will cover for your doctor when he/she is away and they will have access to your files.References : ima nurse


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