5 Patient Benefits of Concierge Medicine
April 4, 2016
Concierge medicine provides patients with personalized, accessible care. Concierge doctors have only hundreds of patients at any given time, compared to the thousands that traditional doctors see. This leads to better service from your physician. Let’s take a look at a few specific benefits of having a concierge doctor.
Concierge doctors provide longer, more frequent appointments.
Most people make an appointment with their doctor when they are sick or need a prescription refill. Why pay a copay and go through the hassle of making an appointment weeks or even months in advance otherwise? Since concierge doctors have fewer patients, they can see their patients more often and for longer periods of time. On average, a concierge doctor spends 30 minutes with a patient compared to the seven or eight minutes a traditional doctor spends.
This allows concierge doctors to form better relationships with their patients. They quickly develop a great understanding of each patient’s medical history and issues.
Concierge doctors are more available.
Part of what you’re paying for when you transition to concierge medicine is access to your physician. Many concierge doctors will call, text, email, and even Skype with patients as needed. They are available to answer health questions, often even after business hours. Most concierge doctors also guarantee same or next-day appointments.
Concierge doctors provide preventive — not reactive — care.
Seeing patients more often and for longer periods of time means concierge doctors can focus on preventive care. The episodic care traditional physicians provide focuses on identifying current issues and quickly resolving those matters. Concierge doctors can take the time to look at your entire health history on each visit, which often helps them identify and diagnose issues as they’re developing, rather than when they’re already serious.
Concierge doctors can manage all aspects of patient care.
Concierge doctors have more time with each patient to talk about issues and consider how they are related to your overall health. Having a doctor familiar with your entire medical history can help them make important connections and diagnoses. Concierge doctors can recommend specialists as needed and coordinate and track your overall care.
Concierge doctors are also excellent at managing the health of patients with chronic diseases. The frequent visits will ensure that symptoms are always being monitored and that possible disease progression is being tracked.
Concierge medicine is cost-effective.
A concierge doctor can focus on fewer patients than a traditional physician, allowing them to focus on preventive care with better insight into each patient’s health. This can help control healthcare costs for those patients. Traditional doctors have less time to spend with each patient, so they may have to order more tests or procedures to diagnose an issue. These additional treatments increase patients’ costs.
If you have a low-cost high-deductible health insurance plan, you can use the money saved on health insurance to cover the concierge medicine retainer.
Overall, concierge medicine leads to a higher level of service. If you want to learn more about having a concierge doctor, feel free to contact us at 855-493-7477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.