Concierge medicine, the practice of paying a membership fee to a doctor in exchange for priority care, has expanded steadily. The business model began to grow rapidly 10 years ago, and the industry publication Concierge Medicine Today pegs its annual growth rate at between 3 percent and 6 percent. Concierge medicine delivers convenience to the patient and a more direct and reliable revenue stream for physicians. The practice has proved popular with busy executives because it obviates long wait times and can ensure access to top specialists.
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