Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Concierge Medicine

Frustrated with the difficulty in getting an appointment with your primary care physician? Unhappy with the amount of time your doctor spends with you during an appointment? Have a few extra thousand dollars a year?

If these questions describe you, you might be a candidate for concierge medicine. Under this approach, primary care doctors charge patients a flat rate (the article mentions rates from $1,500 to $6,000 per year) for better access to the doctor. Benefits include longer appointments and increased access to the physician (one claims to provide 24/7 access via cell phone and email).

1 comment:

  1. It is not just "one" of us who provides 24/7 access to patients via cell phone or beeper; we all do.

    I opened one of the first concierge practices in the country 8 years ago and just authored the first book on the subject, "Concierge Medicine; A New System to Get the Best Healthcare"(Greenwood/Praeger, 2008).

    Steven D. Knope, M.D.