OCTOBER 6, 2021
A board-certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Gary D. Schwartz wanted to practice medicine the old-fashioned way — spending the time needed with each patient to provide personalized care that produces the best possible outcomes.
That desire led the Hackensack-based primary care physician to move to a “concierge” medical service model, which enables him to develop relationships with his patients and provide individualized services that can translate to longer, healthier lives for his patients.
“The practice of medicine has become more of a volume-based approach,’’ explained Dr. Schwartz, who has been practicing medicine for 30 years. “When I was doing my internship and residency, I saw physicians who had solo practices and who developed a real personal relationship with their patients. In group practices, a lot of that was lost.’’
In concierge medicine, patients pay an annual fee that enables the doctor to serve fewer patients, allowing more time and personalized service for each patient. This includes 24/7 communication and telemedicine connections, same-day or next-day appointments regardless of medical necessity
and extended office visits.
“Now, instead of seeing anywhere from 25 to 30 patients a day, a concierge physician will see eight patients a day,’’ he said. “That is a big difference.’’
This gives Dr. Schwartz the time needed during routine exams and other appointments to thoroughly evaluate and treat each patient. He is able to personally arrange follow-up visits with specialists, provide wellness programs and help patients secure appointments for lab and diagnostic tests.
“I am able to get my patients quick access to specialists because I have the time now to personally make those appointments,’’ he said. “I will provide the case history and the pertinent lab and diagnostic tests so when that patient goes to that specialist it is not a guessing game.’’
Another benefit of concierge membership in Dr. Schwartz’s practice is access to the SENS Solution® Wellness Program, which provides certified health coaches to help patients develop a wellness program that can help them better manage stress, learn how to eat right and exercise more and improve sleep.
An award-winning physician, Dr. Schwartz provides medical and preventive care, supervised weight-loss programs and diagnosis and management of chronic illness, such as hypertension and other cardiovascular issues, high cholesterol, diabetes and other conditions.
Dr. Schwartz began his health care career at the age of 18, working as an EMT on an ambulance in Brooklyn, N.Y. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Long Island University and worked in the emergency room before pursuing a medical degree.
As a part of earning a medical degree, he completed his clinical training in London, England. He completed his internal medicine residency at Hackensack University Medical Center and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical school.
“For me, the move to concierge medicine has been very rewarding,’’ Dr. Schwartz said. “And, more importantly, it has been extremely beneficial to my patients.’’
Dr. Schwartz was named one of Jersey’s Best magazine Top Doctors in 2018, 2019 and 2021 and Top Doctors New York Metro Area for three consecutive years, from 2018 to 2020.
- 20 Prospect Ave., Suite 516, Hackensack
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- Hackensack University Medical Center
- Holy Name Medical Center
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- Medical and preventive care
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