Do you ever feel that there just isn’t enough time in your day? Even finding time to fit in a doctor visit might be hard. And when you do call to make an appointment, you may face full schedules and limited availability. Booking a doctor appointment that works with your busy lifestyle can be a real challenge.
If you find that you’re having a hard time booking your next appointment, or if you’d just like to have a stronger relationship with your physician, concierge medicine may be the right option for you.
Delivering Patient-Centered Care
Concierge medicine has evolved in response to the growing desire for more personalized medical care. Most of us would like to be more involved in our own health care. We want to be proactive rather than reactive. We want our physicians to have a complete picture of our health, not just a snapshot of what’s going on at any given moment. The concierge model allows this to happen.
The average caseload in traditional primary care medical practices is 2,000 to 3,000 patients per physician. This means many physicians might see upwards of 40 patients a day, making it difficult for patients to get time on their physician’s calendar when they need an appointment. It also leaves little time for patients and physicians to develop a deep relationship, as the bulk of the time spent during an office visit is spent with nurses and supporting staff. The physician often has to rely on lab results and notes for his or her diagnosis, rather than having time to work with the patient directly to see the whole picture.
Concierge practices reduce the number of patients each physician sees. PartnerMD physicians, for example, have patient base of no more than 600 patients and will only see 8-10 patients a day. This means it’s easier to book an appointment with your physician and that you’ll be able to spend more one-on-one time during your appointment. You’re able to see your physician when it’s convenient for you, and with minimal wait times.
Reprising the Role of the Family Physician
With concierge medicine, same- or next-day appointments are the norm, so you don’t have to wait when you’re ill. Longer appointment times give you adequate time to discuss your health needs in depth and build a real relationship with your physician.
The era of the house call may be over, but today, concierge medicine models give you more time with your doctor, on-time appointments and prevention-focused care to help you maximize your health.