By Joel Cooper, DO | Endocrinology Advisor
August 15, 2017 – Concierge medicine fills an important and growing niche in today’s medical marketplace, appealing to thousands of physicians around the country and the scores of patients they serve. Concierge medicine is defined as “a subscription-based form of healthcare delivery in which a physician 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 physician receives a subscription fee.”1 There is a growing recognition among healthcare consumers that getting in to see their primary care physician (PCP) in a timely fashion is getting harder and harder these days, and the time that PCPs can offer each patient seems to be ever-dwindling. Enter concierge medicine, in which the patient pays an additional fee for quick, if not immediate, access to care and receives a substantially longer, and more thorough, visit with his or her physician in the bargain.