Crowded waiting rooms, brief appointments, restricted provider access, and limited appointment availability are a few of the reasons that many patients avoid seeing their doctor on a regular basis.
If this is you, there may be a better way to receive ongoing and preventative care, without frustration. Concierge medicine offers women and men quick and easy access to healthcare and enables them to proactively address small problems before they evolve to something more serious.
So, what is concierge medicine? How does it work? How much does concierge medicine cost?
Continue reading to learn all about concierge medicine, and if it’s right for you.
What Is Concierge Medicine?
Concierge medicine is a primary care model that is designed to provide personalized and preventative care.
Many patients and providers are turning to concierge medicine in response to long wait times, rushed consultations, and lack of connection with their provider.
This alternative is attempting to change the way that healthcare is delivered and make it more convenient, efficient, and customized.
How Does Concierge Medicine Work?
Patients who receive medical care from a concierge medicine physician pay a retainer or membership fee every year. In exchange, they receive minimal wait times, same-day appointments, 24/7 provider access, and preventative screenings, and wellness coaching.
They are also able to spend more time with the physician and develop a relationship with him, rather than being just a number.
In fact, many doctors consider concierge medicine because they wanted to enhance quality and continuity of care.
Physicians that eventually make the transition, significantly reduce their patient load. Instead of seeing 50 or more patients per day, they now give their undivided attention to just 10.
How Much Does Concierge Medicine Cost?
The cost of concierge medicine is similar to any other primary care practice, with the exception of the initial retainer, which can range from $1500-$3000 per year.
After covering this fee, patients can expect to pay usual deductibles and copays.
Learn More About this Primary Care Option
If you would like to learn more about concierge medicine, please call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Rashbaum.