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INSIGHTS & ANALYSIS: Definitions of Concierge Medicine

“There is a big difference between being expected to do something and being invited to try something,” said Michael Tetreault, Editor of Concierge Medicine Today. “Inside traditional medicine, patients expect to wait. They expect insurance to cover their visit. When it is not, they expect to fight. Consumers of healthcare today say they expect a disengaged staff and an unpleasant visit when at their doctor’s office. We can do better. Concierge Medicine Patients are Invited rather than Expected. This counter-intuitive approach exceeds expectations, thereby creating a massively loyal and engaged audience which, in turn, is producing some amazing patient outcome data as released and seen by some organizations in the space.”

Last UPDATED: July 19, 2017 | Attn: Reporters/Journalists, The Following Quote (Above) is Press Ready For Your Stories Pull Quote Use

Definition of Concierge Medicine

Source: Concierge Medicine Today; July 2017

Concierge Medicine is a subscription-based form of healthcare delivery in which a doctor provides medical care to Patients [for various services not covered by their health insurance] which generally involves: providing 24/7 access; a cell phone number to connect directly with their physician; same-day appointments; visits that last as long as it takes to address their needs; and varying other amenities. In exchange for this enhanced access and personal attention, the Concierge Doctor receives a subscription fee (albeit billed monthly, quarterly or annually — usually annually)  and the cost ranges between $125-$250/mo.

A Concierge Doctor becomes the source for all things medical. Essentially, you become a trusted friend, advocate and stand fully prepared to help your Patients navigate the complex healthcare system. In the event of emergencies, hospital care is closely monitored, and specialists are often personally briefed and debriefed by you on behalf of your Patients.

“Even if you (a Patient) have insurance, you still do not have access to care,” says Dr. Chris Ewin or 121MD in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. “You can have all the insurance you want. You still cannot get in to see the doctor.”

This is why thousands of people are now actively searching for a Concierge Doctor or a DPC physician. They also discover that out-of-pocket costs to this type of doctor can actually save them thousands of dollars a year. At the same time, they can have their doctors cell phone on speed dial.

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  • Source: Concierge Medicine Today; National, Independent Healthcare Trade Publication; ConciergeMedicineToday.com; July 2017.

 

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