Concierge medicine services are based on a patient receiving personalized care from their doctor that highlights accessibility and convenience.
Concierge medicine entails care for a flat monthly fee that includes unlimited office visits and telehealth appointments that last as long as you need them to. You can get direct care from your doctor without worrying about copays or other such charges. Beyond that, you also have direct access to your doctor’s phone line if you have medical questions.
When you use concierge medicine with a major health issue, your doctor will organize specialist referrals and necessary hospital care. Without interference from insurance companies or corporate health systems, concierge medicine services focus on the relationship between you and your doctor.
This model works well for doctors and patients alike. Patients get the care and time spent with their doctor that they deserve, and doctors are relieved of government/insurance restraints and overwhelming demand, making for an all-around more successful practice.
On average, a traditional primary care doctor sees about 40 patients a day. Because they see so many people, appointments can only last about 15 minutes. Doctors are paid by how many people come into the office, meaning emphasis is taken away from quality of care.
Concierge medicine instead focuses on the patient experience. Concierge medical doctors see only about 10 patients a day, a far cry from 40, and each appointment lasts for 30 minutes at the very least. Instead of waiting for weeks, patients can get same-day or next-day appointments. Furthermore, when labs and test results come in, they can discuss those results in person with their doctor instead of with a nurse over the phone.
Concierge medicine costs a flat monthly fee, and that is an out-of-pocket expense not covered by insurance. Depending on the needs of your care, you might also have to pay additional fees for labs or executive health assessments. If the physician is considered an out-of-network provider, your insurance company might reimburse you for some of these costs.
Routine concierge care is covered by insurance, and switching to a high-deductible health plan in order to save money is always an option.