Jim Mumper, M.D. on Sep 9, 2015
If you’re considering concierge medicine, first consider the context of your current health care situation, like the relationship you have with your physician and the experiences you’ve had during past visits.
Just a Few Questions
To determine if concierge medicine might be right for you, consider the following questions or statements. Ask yourself if they apply to the kind of health care you receive today:
Can I always get in to see my physician when I need to?
Does my physician know (and remember) my first name?
When I have an appointment, I don’t have to wait more than five minutes.
Can I contact my physician’s office 24 hours a day and get a quick response?
My physician doesn’t rush through my appointment.
At my annual physical, does my physician take enough time for me to get a detailed picture of my health?
My physician gives me access to fitness and nutrition resources to help me manage my lifestyle.
Has my physician taken the time to know me as a person, not just a list of symptoms?
Has my physician helped me identify my health goals and does he/she actively help me achieve them?
A PartnerMD member can respond positively to every item. This demonstrates the stronger patient-physician relationship that is at the core of concierge medicine. A single negative response on this list could be all you need to start a deeper investigation into the difference a PartnerMD membership could make in your life.