Patient Benefits and Cost of Care

It’s also a little known fact that nearly 60% of concierge medical programs across the U.S. cost an individual less than $135 per month. (Source: ConciergeMedicineToday.com, December 2010).

“We believe the doctor’s office should be one of the most irresistible and pleasant places to visit in any community,” said Michael Tetreault, Editor-In-Chief of the widely read trade-publication, Concierge Medicine Today. “This vision is delivered and deployed each day by a number of concierge-style medical physicians across the country.”

According to the Center for Studying Health System Change’s Community Tracking Study In August 2008,
76.3% of Primary Care Physicians Surveyed DID NOT STRONGLY AGREE
that they had adequate time to spend with their patient(s) during a typical office visit.

As a Patient of a concierge / retainer based physician, you can expect to receive:

• Virtually Unlimited Access And More Time With Your Doctor…Each environment allows your physician to
manage and monitor more carefully your health and wellness activities.
• No waiting…concierge medicine environments offer no wait, same-day appointments.
• Better Dialogue With Your Doctor…each question you have and the best course of treatment can be discussed at length to ensure you ask and receive answers to all of your questions or concerns.
• Freedom…from worry about whether or not you can access your physician in a timely manner.
• Focus…on preventive medicine and virtually unlimited office visits.
• Make Healthier Choices…and adapt healthier behavior patterns by having your physician available to you
anytime day or night.
• Be More Organized and Efficient…Whether you’re on vacation or in another country, your physician is just a
phone call away.

Concierge Medicine is a brand new form of medicine in which doctors provide patients with a private cell phone number, same-day appointments, visits that last as long as it takes to address your needs and varying other amenities. An concierge-style doctor becomes your singular source for all things medical. Essentially, your very own physician becomes a trusted friend, advocate and is fully prepared to help you navigate the complex healthcare system. In the event of emergencies, hospital care is closely monitored, and specialists are personally briefed and debriefed by your physician.

In exchange for this enhanced access and personal attention, your doctor will receive a retainer fee which enables them to increase the amount of time they spend with you each year, no matter if you’re calling with the flu or on your way to the hospital because of a serious car accident.

Services you may receive may include guaranteed same-day or next-day appointments, no waiting time at office visits, in-depth medical evaluations, customized health care and lifestyle plans, around-the-clock access to your physicians’ cell phones, pager, and e-mail, coordination of care with specialists, and even housecalls.

MYTH: Concierge Medicine Is Only For The Rich And It’s ‘Elitist.’

By conciergemedicinenews on April 17, 2013

By Michael Tetreault, Editor-In-Chief

Answer: False. Concierge medical programs for patients have actually been proven to save individuals and families money. According to Concierge Medicine Today more than 60% of concierge medicine programs cost less than $135.– per month, per person. Furthermore, a recent in The New York Times 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 on 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.”

It’s also a little known fact that nearly 60% of concierge medical programs across the U.S. cost an individual less than $135 per month. (Source: ConciergeMedicineToday.com, December 2010).

According to ConciergeMedicineMD.com, they also site …

This is no longer true. Many forms of concierge medicine cost around $150 per month, which is the price of a package of cigarettes per day, or a daily cup of Starbuck’s Frappuccino. Dr. Garrison Bliss in Seattle, Washington offers concierge care to patients for $39 to $79 per month, based upon the age of the patient. The cost of concierge medicine depends upon the services that are offered by the individual doctor. Costs range from $1,500 per year to $15,000 per year.

Some programs cost as little as $10 per month for children. A practice in Wichita, KS offers flat monthly fees ranging from $10 per month for kids and $50 ,$75 or even $100 per month for adults based upon age. Members of that concierge medical practice receive unlimited access to the doctor at their home, work or the doctor’s office along with unlimited “technology visits” like cell phone, web cam, email and texting. Furthermore, many concierge physicians offer access to wholesale pricing on prescriptions, lab tests, imaging services and medical supplies for pennies on the dollar.

Concierge Medicine Today recently submitted data stating that: ‘Utilizing a blended rate based upon national averages for current fees charged for concierge medical care, an estimated 9,285,714,286 people could be provided concierge medical care with the 13 trillion dollar debt. Carrying this out 928,571,429 people could be provided this care for 10 years. These figures are based upon information obtained through average pricing surveys conducted from 2009-2010 by The Concierge Medicine Research Collective.’

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 California concierge physician recently made the statement that truly encompasses this fact when she says her patients can say ‘I no longer have a doctor who needs to look at my chart to know my name.’

Sources: ConciergeMedicineToday.com & ConciergeMedicineMD.com © 2013. All Rights Reserved.

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