America’s most popular cities for consumers seeking the care of a concierge medicine doctor among 2014 trends released by Concierge Medicine Today (CMT).
NOVEMBER 18, 2013 – With 2013 coming to a close, uncertainty about the cost and implications of the Affordable Care Act and a healthy 2014 being top of mind, Concierge Medicine Today (CMT) reveals their annual list of the most popular cities across the country, based on patient search inquiries received by prospective consumers in 2013 via their national DOC FINDER physician search directory at ConciergeMedicineToday.com.
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX topped the list for most popular city for consumers seeking concierge medical care, and cities starting with a ‘P’ were also widely popular. Philadelphia, PA and Pittsburgh, PA topped the list for the most searches in Pennsylvania, with more searches than any other market in that State. New York, NY, Bellerose, NY and Great Neck, NY also experienced the largest percentage of concierge medicine and direct-pay doctor search inquiries in 2013. Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago, IL topped the list in the category of family medicine and primary care in 2013.
It may come as no surprise that the fast-paced cities of Atlanta, GA, Miami, FL, Boca Raton, FL and San Diego, CA topped the lists for most popular search inquiries via CMT’s Concierge Doc app, respectively. Uncertainty about access to a primary care and family doctor and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on cost proved to be a top concern for thousands of people, according to CMT Editor, Michael Tetreault.
“On average, women searched 38 percent more than men, but in Colorado Springs, CO., men took the lead,” notes Tetreault. “Patients are concerned about cost, access and compatibility with their insurance plan when they seek out the care of a concierge doctor or direct pay clinic. They desire a relationship that doesn’t involve third party payors, paperwork and confusing EOBs. By letting each state define their own business regulations, taxes and policies, there has been a competitive marketplace for concierge medicine doctors and direct pay physicians to create a strong product for new consumers.”
Additionally, Tetreault reports that starting in January 2014 will kick-off the most significant month in the industry’s growth, a Tipping Point. Most people sign up in January through March of each year. September is also a popular month each year for concierge medicine membership program enrollment, reports CMT. Now offered by over 5,500 physicians throughout the U.S. and growing, finding a physician in your local area will be important.
Until recently, people mostly based choosing a doctor on the personal recommendation of a trusted friend or relative. Now with the advent of social media, word of mouth marketing is changing from a spoken word referral to a social media link referral. To find a concierge medicine or direct care doctor near you, CMT has created an iTunes and Android App, Concierge Doc, a free App and search engine resource to find and learn about concierge medicine and direct primary care in your area available at http://www.ConciergeMedicineToday.com.
About Concierge Medicine Today
Concierge Medicine Today (CMT), is a news organization and the industry’s oldest national trade publication for the direct primary care and concierge medicine marketplace. Their web site, http://www.ConciergeMedicineToday.com, is the online destination for consumers, businesses, physicians, legislators, researchers and other stakeholders to learn about the history of this industry, various business aspects of the marketplace, trends, breaking news and more that drives the conversation that concierge medicine and direct primary care is creating on a national and international level.