Joan Smith was suffering from an agonizing headache. Her husband, Frank, telephoned their primary care doctor. The doctor came to their housel less than one hour later. Shortly, Joan was on her way to the hospital. She received surgery to have a brain aneurysm removed. Without the quick diagnosis by the Smith’s physician, Joan would have died.
The Smith’s were fortunate to have concierge medical services as part of their health planning. It was an important decision because Joan had a history of health issues and Frank preferred quick response from health providers.
The future of healthcare could be in concierge medicine. Concierge medicine is a private form of practice where doctors charge patients an out-of-pocket retainer fee for full access to their services.
Not only that, doctors are able to serve their patients with preventative care rather than the traditional “sick care” model. Concierge physicians’ care for fewer patients than those in a conventional practice, ranging from 50 patients per doctor to 1,000, compared to 3,000 to 4,000 patients that the average traditional physician now sees every year.
The makes it easier for the physician to give more quality time to his/her patients and faster response to treat critical care needs plus work with them on things like hypertension and diabetes wellness plans.
The retainer fee that physicians charge their patients for these services range from around $1650 to $1800 yearly. The number of concierge doctors practicing these services across the country range from 800 to 5000.
Concierge services appeals to patients and physicians alike. Physicians have a steady stream of income giving them more time to devote to patients reducing heavy patients workloads. The patients appreciate the personal attention they receive from the health provider and a faster response to appointments—even receiving house calls.
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