Andrew Lenhardt, MD
What is it worth to you and your family to receive the highest level of preventative care?
The current model of healthcare does not typically incorporate the most basic aspect of wellness including nutrition, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, bowel health, stress management and others. We are conditioned for the quick fix, the easy option, the pill.
If you have acid reflux, medication works, but wouldn’t it be better to figure out why one person has heartburn and another doesn’t. Pharmaceutical drugs are often better than doing nothing, but are almost never optimal. The busier doctors are, the easier it is for them to give you the pill.
When something goes wrong with your health or the health of a loved one, you would like to know that your doctor knows you well so he can decide the best course of action. Andrew Lenhardt has done extensive research beyond the standard medical training to find the best options. The body has incredible power to heal itself and maintain internal balance. We often need a lighter touch to facilitate wellness rather than the hyperaggressive modern approach that thinks technology and drugs are always the best option.
What is it worth to you to have a private physician who will take care of your needs in the most efficient manner?
Primary care doctors in America are overwhelmed. For most medical offices to be viable, they require office visits that can be billed through insurance companies. The most important elements of care can be lacking in an effort to maintain the bottom line. There is a better model of care that does not thrive on sick visits, ER visits, hospitalizations and surgeries. You want to have access to your own physician who knows you well and can decide on the best course of management with only your best interest in mind.
Concierge Medicine and similar more individualized models of care have been growing throughout the country. More and more people are frustrated with the dilution of care that is spread across a number of practitioners that are trying to maintain quality. Layers of bureaucracy and administrative staff do not improve care, but make it more expensive for everyone.
As you get older, there may be an increasing need for medical services. It will become more imperative to have access to your own physician. One doctor with a smaller panel of patients who can stay ahead of health problems is the key to avoiding unnecessary, poor outcomes. You need a doctor coordinating care among a team of specialists who have a more narrow perspective. You need a doctor who will not resort to the easy, pharmaceutical option, but instead will try to reduce the pharmaceutical load to only those that are most essential.
Most of the trends in medicine are moving away from having one doctor who maintains the highest level of individualized care. Many healthcare systems are using outside firms to cover off hours. The safest option is the Emergency Department, but your own doctor can often see you early the next morning and manage an acute issue more efficiently. Andrew Lenhardt, MD, has an expertise in geriatrics with almost 20 years of managing patients over 65, 75, 85 and 95 years old. There are many health issues particular to those in older years. They require a broad, holistic approach.
Dr. Lenhardt is continually researching sources to find better and better options for any and all medical issues.