The healthcare industry has changed immensely over the past decade. The use of electronic record-keeping, skyrocketing insurance costs, and technological and pharmaceutical innovations have changed the way we experience medical care. One particular area of healthcare that is emerging and gaining traction is “concierge medicine,” a retainer-based, doctor-patient relationship that has many perks. Some think this business model gained traction because of the Affordable Care Act, which insured tens of millions of people formerly uninsured and magnified the doctor shortage in the U.S. Concierge medicine may be the answer for those not wanting to wait several months for a 10-minute appointment. However, even if you’re not concerned with your spot in the healthcare world, most concierge medicine offers desirable benefits to both patients and doctors. Here’s how:
Every concierge practice is different in terms of retainer pricing (usually ranges from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars) and services covered, but all boast accessibility and convenience as major advantages compared to traditional practices. Are you currently using concierge medicine, or would you be willing to pay to have your doctor on speed dial?