At 3 a.m. on a recent Sunday, Herb Wilson’s wife fell backward in the bathroom of their New York apartment and hit her head. It was not her first fall. She has Parkinson’s disease and has fallen many times, causing him worry. The previous time his wife had fallen, Mr. Wilson, 79, had taken her to a hospital emergency room, where they spent five hours waiting for her to be examined and discharged. This time, they went to a concierge emergency room for faster service. “I called up at 3:15, and they said come over,” Mr. Wilson said. “I walked in there at 3:30 in the morning, and a physician, a technician and a physician’s assistant were waiting for me, literally, at the door.” The facility, Priority Private Care, administered a CT scan and read the results on the spot. Mr. Wilson’s wife was fine, and they went home. “I was out of there in 40 minutes,” he said.
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