Busy parents have some relief when it comes to getting their kids to the doctor. A program through the University of Virginia Health System is making going to the doctor as simple as sitting on your couch.
Friday, UVA pediatricians and residents spent the day traveling and taking their equipment and care straight to people's houses. For the families, it's an opportunity to easily get medical care.
"That's a good idea for them to come to my house so I don't have to drive and find parking and bring kids, you know it's hard," said Neta Fitria, a parent who had the pediatricians come to her home.
"With the kids being in the house in their familiar environment it's easy," she said.
For the physicians it's a chance to get to know their patients more closely.
"It makes just the act of examining the kid much more easy because they're at ease, this is their environment, we're visiting them rather than them visiting us," said Jameel Winter, a medical resident.
Dr. Amy Brown, a UVA physician agrees. "If you remember several decades ago, that was the norm, doctors knew the communities that their patients came from and they knew the neighborhoods and the families and we've lost that art of medicine," she said.
It's an art of medicine these physicians are bringing back, one at home visit at a time.
"I think it definitely breaks down the barriers between the patients and physicians because you take a physician outside of their normal working environment and you put them in an environment where the patient feels very comfortable and at home," Brown said.
The pediatricians and residents do at home visits once a month.