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Throwback Article (circa 2000) “Boutique” practices: Good medicine—or ethical swamp? ~MedEco

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July 24, 2000

“Boutique” practices: Good medicine— or ethical swamp?

By Anita J. Slomski  |  Group Practice Editor

Bob Sage, 70, pays $3,000 a year just for the privilege of being the patient of Seattle internist John Kirkpatrick. Medicare pays Sage’s bills; the surcharge grants him more time with Kirkpatrick at appointments, house calls if he needs them, the doctor’s cell phone number, free valet parking, and a private waiting room at the clinic.

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“When I signed up in January I thought this added service was a bit of a luxury, and I didn’t know whether it was worth it,” says the former TV-commercial producer and director. “But now I think of it as a necessity.”

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SOURCE: https://www.medicaleconomics.com/article/boutique-practices-good-medicine-or-ethical-swamp

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