By Michael Tetreault, Editor
December 2, 2013 – Priscilla in Ohio is searching for a more affordable, accessible healthcare option and tells Concierge Medicine Today (CMT) “Not often does one have the opportunity to have this kind of doctor that you feel is affordable and a real part of your life.”
She’s not alone either. It’s open enrollment time, the autumn period when many with employer-sponsored health insurance decide which plan they will choose for the coming year.
While most news reports are focused on the problems with healthcare.gov and the online health marketplaces launched in October 2013, a growing number of people have found another option.
“I’m a self-pay patient,” says Eric in Millersport, OH. “Apparently, the modern health care business model no longer knows what to do with people like me. I’m a person, not a set of billing codes. I shouldn’t have to deal with 4 separate bills from one trip to the Doctor. I shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to find out what my lab work is going to cost just so that I can pay for it on the same day I get the work done. My medical care should be between me and my doctor. I see no reason why there need to be a half dozen corporate bureaucrats involved. I think you get the drift.”
Initially such “highly cost medicine” came at a very high price, ranging upwards of $5,000 to $10,000 per patient per year. Today, over 62% of the fees touted by direct-pay or concierge medicine doctors cost patients less than $135 per month, according to Concierge Medicine Today’s research arm, The Concierge Medicine Research Collective.
Call it “Boutique Care” or “Direct Primary Care (DPC)”, but it’s best known as concierge care. Generally, patients pay a monthly fee like a gym membership. And what do they get? A physical, 24/7 access to their doctor and often a number of other benefits.
CMT 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.
SEARCHING FOR A CONCIERGE MEDICINE or DIRECT PAY PHYSICIAN …
How To Locate A Concierge Doctor or Direct Pay Physician
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, Concierge Medicine Today 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 ConciergeMedicineToday.com.
If you’d like to find a medical home, concierge medicine doctor or physician or direct primary care and direct pay physician in your area or simply learn more about them, you will want to visit http://www.ConciergeMedicineToday.com or http://www.DirectPrimaryCare.com. If you are unable to locate one using these national directories, we recommend you call Concierge Medicine Today at 770-455-1650 and a representative will be happy to help you.