As a concierge doctor, people frequently ask about the differences between what I do and what a traditional primary care doctor does.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world. We’ve all learned the value of washing our hands. Businesses have learned how to operate remotely. Families have learned how to use Zoom to keep in touch. The concierge medicine industry has also learned a few things. We’ve learned just how much patients value access to their doctor, which has led to a rapid increase in telehealth. We learned about our doctors and nurses, and the sacrifices they are willing to make, every day, to put their patients first. We’ve also learned that the pandemic has amplified a couple misconceptions about concierge medicine.
When it comes to genetic testing, it can get complicated in a hurry. Imagine sending in a DNA test hoping to find out what percent German you are and getting back a result that says you have an increased risk for cancer. That news can stop anyone in their tracks.
Genetic testing continues to increase in popularity thanks in large part to various direct-to-consumer (DTC) services. While many people pursue genetic testing to find out more about their heritage, it’s not all fun and games. There is a lot more to consider before you send in that DNA sample.
Genetic testing continues to increase in popularity. However, it is not for everyone. Results of genetic testing can often be uninformative and ultimately can cause more stress and anxiety over the possibility of a disease you may never get.
Genetic testing is a hot topic these days. You see it in headlines, on late-night commercials, and all over your Facebook feed. Send in a sample of your DNA. Wait a few weeks. Then the results will tell you all sorts of information about your heritage, family history, and more.