Concierge Medicine Cost
Average Monthly Cost $$$ Of A Concierge Doctor In U.S.*
(Source* AsktheCollective.org, © 2013)
- Less than $50/mo. – Eleven percent (11%) of surveyed concierge medical practices cost a patient less than $50 per month.
- $51-$100/mo. – Nearly fourteen percent (14%) of surveyed concierge medical practices cost a patient between $51-$100 per month.
- $101-$135/mo. – Nearly thirty-one percent (31%) of surveyed concierge medical practices cost a patient between $101-$135 per month.
- $135-$180/mo. – Less than nine percent (<9%) of surveyed concierge medical practices cost a patient between $135-$180 per month.
- $181-$225/mo. – Less than one percent (<1%) of surveyed concierge medical practices cost a patient between $181-$225 per month.
- $226-$00/mo. – Nearly thirty-five percent (35%) of surveyed concierge medical practices cost a patient more than $225 per month.
However, high-deductible health care plans accompanied by a concierge medicine doctor or direct primary care monthly membership at a local clinic are no longer a novelty—they are becoming mainstream.
If more people are exposed to the cost value of concierge medical care, it will make a big difference in what they spend. A recent story ina widely popular national newspaper supports this belief. The paper reports that the State of Indiana has a high-deductible plan and another that’s a traditional HMO. People in the high-deductible plan spend thousands less than those in the HMO.
‘The average expense in 2009 for patients in one of these [high-deductible] plans was $6,393,’ the paper writes, ‘compared with $8,570 for patients enrolled in a more traditional health maintenance organization plan.’
According to the industry trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans, the number of people with these kind of high-deductible plans reached more than 11.4 million in January 2011, up from 10 million in January 2010.
In 2012, a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that about half of all workers in “small” businesses (up to 199 workers) who have health insurance have these plans.
According to the Kaiser Foundation, the average expense in 2012 is $6,050 for an individual and $12,100 for a family. Out-of-pocket costs generally include the deductible, the patient’s share of the cost of seeing a doctor, prescription medicines and/or hospital costs.
Here’s the upshot: When you combine high-deductible health plan policies with a concierge medical program, you empower people and families to make better decisions about their health care, they in turn receive more comprehensive medical care and then the savings happen and stronger relationships occur between the physician and their patients. One concierge physician said it best when she said that her patients can say ‘I no longer have a doctor who needs to look at my chart to know my name.’
Until recently, people mostly based choosing a doctor on the personal recommendation of a trusted friend or relative. Now with the advent of social media, word of mouth marketing is changing from a spoken word referral to a social media link referral. To find a concierge medicine or direct [primary] care doctor near you, Concierge Medicine Today has created an iTunes and Android App, Concierge Doc, a free App and search engine resource to find and learn about concierge medicine and direct primary care in your area available at ConciergeMedicineToday.com.