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HUFF. POST, LONDON: CEO of London Medical Concierge (U.K.), discusses the future of personalised patient pathways for medical treatment.

LEARN MORE ABOUT "Genetic Concierge Medicine" ...

LEARN MORE ABOUT “Genetic Concierge Medicine” …

By Kirsty Ettrick CEO & Founder of London Medical Concierge, Huffington Post (U.K.)

Dr. Marcy Zwelling, an internist and critical care doctor in Los Alamitos California, thinks I've got it all wrong. She charges patients $2,000 a year and takes no insurance. Insurance is for catastrophic illness, she said, and in many cases patients should carry just that and pay for smaller services out of pocket. "They'll save money if they do," she said. Mammograms can be had for $75, and an MRI costs $200 cash -- tops, she said. According to Zwelling, if you have a copay and deductible on top of a high monthly insurance premium, chances are it is less expensive for you to just pay out of pocket for these and other tests. I wrote about how this was certainly the case with filling prescriptions: It's often cheaper to not put it through your insurance company but just pay out of pocket. Michael Tetreault, editor in chief of Concierge Medicine Today, a trade journal covering the industry, said that there are about 12,000 physicians in the U.S. who now run concierge medical practices -- offices that charge annual fees, generally in the $1,200 to $2,500 range, for providing "enhanced" care.

Dr. Marcy Zwelling, an internist and critical care doctor in Los Alamitos California, thinks I’ve got it all wrong. She charges patients $2,000 a year and takes no insurance. Insurance is for catastrophic illness, she said, and in many cases patients should carry just that and pay for smaller services out of pocket. “They’ll save money if they do,” she said. Mammograms can be had for $75, and an MRI costs $200 cash — tops, she said. According to Zwelling, if you have a copay and deductible on top of a high monthly insurance premium, chances are it is less expensive for you to just pay out of pocket for these and other tests. I wrote about how this was certainly the case with filling prescriptions: It’s often cheaper to not put it through your insurance company but just pay out of pocket. Michael Tetreault, editor in chief of Concierge Medicine Today, a trade journal covering the industry, said that there are about 12,000 physicians in the U.S. who now run concierge medical practices — offices that charge annual fees, generally in the $1,200 to $2,500 range, for providing “enhanced” care.

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SOURCE:  Kirsty Ettrick CEO & Founder of London Medical Concierge; http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/kirsty-ettrick/introducing-the-future-of_b_15057448.html

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