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PHILLY: Rise in concierge care draws scrutiny

By Ali Gorman, R.N.

PHILADELPHIA – May 6, 2013 (WPVI) — When President Obama unveiled the Affordable Care Act, he said, “You won’t lose your doctor.” However, thousands in our area say they are because their doctors are changing their practice.

The doctors are switching to a concierge or boutique medical practice. Some are doing individually, while others are joining concierge networks, such as MDVIP, Signature MD, or Paragon.

More doctors are choosing to go this way. If you want to stay with them, you will have to pay more to get more time and services. Some patients love it, but others feel left out in the cold.

75-year-old Alan Wolf has been seeing Dr. Dan Lazowick for several years.

Last fall, Dr. Lazowick told Wolf he was joining MDVIP.

It significantly reduces the number of patients doctors have – often reducing their practice to 500 to 600 from the previous 1,500 to 2,000.

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