Group medical appointments are becoming increasingly common for pregnant women as well as patients living with diabetes, liver disease, and obesity. There are several reasons that these types of visits are gaining popularity, including cost reductions, improved efficiency, and easing the impact of physician shortages.
Advocates for group appointments state that group visits can offer backlogged and busy physicians a way to monitor the health of multiple patients at once. However, there are skeptics to this healthcare practice. Some organizations believe that educating multiple patients at the same time is just a way to squeeze patients to wring costs out of the medical system.
These findings were published by Kaiser Health News on May 9, 2016.