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Patients will become increasingly “provider-agnostic,” analyst predicts

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Say Goodbye to the ‘Personal Physician’

— Patients will become increasingly “provider-agnostic,” analyst predicts

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“There’s a company that just came public that is focusing on concierge care,” Hill pointed out. “I think right now, concierge care is a niche offering in the primary care space. I think it works for a lot of people, but a lot of the market doesn’t know a lot about concierge primary care or what it is … I think concierge medicine has a role in the healthcare system, but it will be a long time before we’re talking about concierge medicine displacing primary care.”

In the future, patients will lean less toward having “personal physicians” and more toward visits — whether video or in-person — with whatever physician is accessible and practices the relevant specialty, a Wall Street analyst predicted. As younger patients begin to age, “unless you’re polychronic or you have a long-term disease state you’re in contact with a specific provider on, I think people are going to increasingly become ‘provider agnostic,'” George Hill, managing director for Deutsche Bank Securities in New York City, said Tuesday at the annual “Wall Street Comes to Washington” conference sponsored by the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy. “The idea of ‘my doctor’ is going to diminish.”



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