Schaumburg’s Own Dr. Fatima Hyder is Using a Unique Practice Model to Bring Better Healthcare to Her Community
Schaumburg, IL - Dr. Fatima Hyder may look like your average doctor; however, the suburban physician is paving the way for the future of healthcare, striving to change how the average consumer accesses primary care services. Dr. Hyder, who had known she wanted to be a doctor even as a young child, feels that the current healthcare environment does not allow physicians to spend adequate time with patients. After years of practicing in the inpatient setting, Dr. Hyder decided to transition to outpatient primary care leaving her big box hospital position.
“I wanted ample time with my patients, simple and transparent billing, and the opportunity to help optimize lifestyles,” she states. “What I was finding was that as a full time doctor, I would be seeing 25 or more patients a day, with an average 7.5 minutes to spend with each patient. I would get incentivized to see even more, and penalized if I consistently saw less, or if I fell behind in the piles of paperwork that I needed to fill out for insurance companies.”
Dr. Hyder believes that the heart of good care is in having adequate time to evaluate, diagnose and then counsel patients. “Our most pressing health issues are chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and obesity,” she states. “These cannot be addressed in an 8 minute visit or by a pill. Studies show that a strong patient-doctor relationship dramatically impacts people’s ability to control or even reverse chronic disease.” In her years of working in the hospital, Dr. Hyder saw the end-points of chronic disease and often thought that “if only this patient had good care to begin with. This disease endpoint could have been avoided.”
She says about her decision to open her practice in Schaumburg, “when I made the decision to leave the big hospital system, I knew I wanted to come home to open a practice where I would be creating deep roots, in a community that I know and love.” Her mission is to create a practice that is truly focused on providing comprehensive, affordable and accessible care to everyone. Dr. Hyder’s clinic, IdealAccessMD, is based on the direct primary care model, or DPC. The DPC model provides direct-to-consumer medical care, cutting out the middleman by not billing insurance and providing patients with affordable and convenient memberships instead. The motivation behind this archetype is to help build a genuine relationship between doctors and patients, all while providing cost-effective, comprehensive, personalized care.
By not utilizing traditional insurance billing systems that offer limitations on covered services, Dr. Hyder’s clinic is able to provide labwork, imaging and prescriptions to its members at wholesale costs. Patients are often surprised how affordable and convenient the membership based model is. They are also surprised when their doctor routinely spends 30 to 90 minutes in direct care with them. This model is also well known for allowing traditional MD’s to better utilize integrative treatment methods. For example, Dr. Hyder has created a yoga and meditation space into her clinic and introductory classes are included in her membership. She is also creating community partnerships with local businesses to provide her patients with discounts for massage therapy, mental health services and chiropractic services.
Though DPC practices are quickly growing in demand and are well-established in West Coast markets like Los Angeles and Denver, there are very few offices who follow this model in Illinois. As an early adopter in this industry, Dr. Hyder hopes to help pave the way for both doctors and patients alike who value quality, integrative care that truly improves the health of our communities. Dr. Hyder’s clinic is first of its kind in the Schaumburg area. On August, 24th Hyder and her team celebrated the grand opening of IdealAccessMD, attracting members from the residents, local businesses, and healthcare professionals from the Schaumburg community and its surrounding suburbs.
“I am excited to be here to help Dr. Hyder open her doors. As a healthcare professional, it’s refreshing to see Dr. Hyder bring her integrative approach to healthcare. I also think it’s great that she will be including yoga and meditation as part of her clinical offerings,” stated fellow healthcare professional Roanne Dunaway.
“We love supporting businesses with their new ventures,” expressed John Ericson of the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. His colleague, Tricia O’Brien, was also eager to support IdealAccessMD clinic on it’s ribbon cutting day. “IdealAccessMD does not accept insurance, so this is a cool concept to save consumers money, especially if they might not be able to afford traditional health insurance,” stated O’Brien. “We are so excited that Dr. Hyder is here in Schaumburg.”
Hyder herself is delighted to bring this innovative healthcare to community, as she finally feels like she is practicing the kind of medicine she dreamed of when she went to medical school.
“For the first time in a long time, I am so happy being a doctor,” states Hyder. “I love being able to interact with my patients without feeling rushed. I love providing care that takes away ‘The Fear of the Big Bill’ and genuinely feel like I am making a positive impact in my patient’s lives.”
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Additional Resources: https://www.businessinsider.com/direct-primary-care-a-no-insurance-healthcare-model-2017-3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBHdkV1v2Tw IdealAccessMD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=2TQ5TzrSUww