But another kind of house call -- call it the convenience call -- also has growing appeal for young, relatively healthy professionals in New York and other high-income locales. They summon a doctor or physician's assistant with a cellphone call and a wait ranging from minutes to hours, and their demand fuels several Manhattan-based practices
The doctor texts back, one thumb flying over his Verizon Pocket PC, the other hand on the wheel. Natan Schleider, 31, then drives onto the curb to get around a car blocking his, parks illegally, props up the "Emergency Housecall" sign on his dashboard, and soon -- dressed in black scrubs, toting a black bag and black laptop -- is buzzing the bell of a West Village walkup.


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