Here’s what you need to know before signing up with a “concierge” practice

January 20, 2013

By: Nissa Simon | from: AARP | January 7, 2013

While I am not a fan of AARP, I enjoyed reading this article.  As many of you know, I run a hybrid style concierge practice and I love it.  I hate “Crowded waiting rooms, jam-packed schedules, doctors too harried to really listen to their patients — such complaints abound whenever there’s talk about medical care.”

I love my concierge practice!  Yes, I wake up hours earlier every day to accommodate the needs of my concierge patients but it’s worth it.  I’ll let you in on a secret.  One of the reasons I have a predominantly walk-in practice is I hate being late.  I hate waiting and I hate keeping people waiting.  By reserving specific hours for my concierge patients, I stay on time.  By reserving 30 to 60 minute chunks of time for those appointments, I avoid the harried pace of modern medicine.

Concierge Medicine allows me the luxury to provide the best care possible on an appointment basis without being rushed to get to the next patient.  For a few hours every day, I can thumb my nose at the insurance companies and provide the highest level of preventative medical care available without outside interference.  It guarantees a smile on both my patient’s face and mine.

So, why did I choose a hybrid style practice rather than a full concierge practice?  I believe that my profession’s responsibility is to care for the needs of its patients and I have many patients who either can’t afford a concierge practice or don’t see the benefits of one.  My hybrid practice allows my patients greater choice and that’s what it’s all about.

The future of healthcare in the US appears grim and many predict that drastic changes as a result of Obamacare will lead to both a disastrous shortage of physicians and a radical change in the role physicians will play.  Click here to read more on this subject.


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