By Michael Tetreault, Editor-In-Chief
Answer: False. Concierge medical programs for patients have actually been proven to save individuals and families money. According to Concierge Medicine Today more than 60% of concierge medicine programs cost less than $135.– per month, per person. Furthermore, a recent in The New York Times supports this belief. The paper reports that the state of Indiana has a high-deductible plan and another that’s a traditional HMO. People in the high-deductible plan spend thousands less than those in the HMO.
“The average expense in 2009 for patients on one of these [high-deductible] plans was $6,393,” the paper writes, “compared with $8,570 for patients enrolled in a more traditional health maintenance organization plan.”
It’s also a little known fact that nearly 60% of concierge medical programs across the U.S. cost an individual less than $135 per month. (Source: ConciergeMedicineToday.com, December 2010).
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This is no longer true. Many forms of concierge medicine cost around $150 per month, which is the price of a package of cigarettes per day, or a daily cup of Starbuck’s Frappuccino. Dr. Garrison Bliss in Seattle, Washington offers concierge care to patients for $39 to $79 per month, based upon the age of the patient. The cost of concierge medicine depends upon the services that are offered by the individual doctor. Costs range from $1,500 per year to $15,000 per year.
Some programs cost as little as $10 per month for children. A practice in Wichita, KS offers flat monthly fees ranging from $10 per month for kids and $50 ,$75 or even $100 per month for adults based upon age. Members of that concierge medical practice receive unlimited access to the doctor at their home, work or the doctor’s office along with unlimited “technology visits” like cell phone, web cam, email and texting. Furthermore, many concierge physicians offer access to wholesale pricing on prescriptions, lab tests, imaging services and medical supplies for pennies on the dollar.
Concierge Medicine Today recently submitted data stating that: ‘Utilizing a blended rate based upon national averages for current fees charged for concierge medical care, an estimated 9,285,714,286 people could be provided concierge medical care with the 13 trillion dollar debt. Carrying this out 928,571,429 people could be provided this care for 10 years. These figures are based upon information obtained through average pricing surveys conducted from 2009-2010 by The Concierge Medicine Research Collective.’
Here’s the upshot: When you combine high-deductible health plan policies with a concierge medical program, you empower people and families to make better decisions about their health care, they in turn receive more comprehensive medical care and then the savings happen and stronger relationships occur between the physician and their patients. One California concierge physician recently made the statement that truly encompasses this fact when she says her patients can say ‘I no longer have a doctor who needs to look at my chart to know my name.’
Sources: ConciergeMedicineToday.com & ConciergeMedicineMD.com