More and more doctors are moving to concierge or membership medicine, but what are the benefits for patients?
From the annual fees to increased face time, we break down the pros and cons of concierge medicine.
More Patients and Less Time
Primary care physicians are increasingly under demand to see more and more patients per day. This can result in patients feeling as though their concerns weren’t taken seriously. For doctors, this can lead to frustration.
One of the main benefits of concierge, or membership, medicine is that doctors can spend more time with patients, really getting to know their unique health situation.
Promisingly, doctors can move on from acute concerns and create time to discussion lifestyle and preventative care.
Why the Annual Fee?
Concierge medicine comes at a price, usually—ranging from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand. This fee offsets costs not covered by insurance companies.
By paying this fee, patients usually have access to calls with lab results, phone or email consultations, same-day appointments, and filling prescription requests the same day.
Beyond these everyday perks, concierge medicine usually comes with a comprehensive physical. These physicals are quite a bit more involved than an annual physical. A comprehensive physical gives you and your physician the opportunity to look in depth at your overall health.
From common blood tests and checks (like weight and blood pressure) to tailored nutritional or lifestyle plans, this exam allows for actionable progress towards your health goals.
On its own, a physical like this one could cost in the thousands. So, it’s clearly one of the pros to weigh against the cons of concierge medicine.
The Pros and Cons of Concierge Medicine
If you’re new to concierge medicine, it’s a good idea to meet with your prospective doctor to figure out what’s included. Questions to ask include:
- What is the annual fee and what does it include?
- Do you accept insurance and Medicare supplementals?
- Am I still responsible for my co-pay each visit?
- Do you coordinate specialist care if needed?
- May I have same-day appointments or phone call consultations?
Discussing this with your physician will enable you to accurately assess the pros and cons of concierge medicine.
We invite you to schedule a consultation to discuss how Medical Membership can benefit you and your loved ones by clicking here or calling (202) 822-6311.