By Sarah Navoy
HUNTSVILLE, AL | August 5, 2013 (WAFF) – It’s not a new idea, but it’s becoming more popular in North Alabama – concierge medicine. It could be considered a luxury service.
Patients pay an annual fee for benefits like not sitting in a waiting room or unlimited access.
The annual cost usually works out to about $5 a day or nearly $2,000 a year. Having insurance is not required, but still recommended for emergencies or higher cost procedures like surgery.
Proponents of concierge medicine say it’s a great option for people with a busy lifestyle or for those who have bigger medical needs. Fans of the practice also believe it allows for a better, more personal relationship with your doctor.
Those who are not fans of the practice say it’s a waste of money for the patient.