Partnering OB/GYN and Concierge Medicine
February 3, 2015
Concierge Medicine isn't just a great option for primary care providers, but can be 'just what the doctor ordered' for other specialties as well.
The advantages of a Concierge Medicine model, or "personalized healthcare" model as its also widely known, can be applied to specialties such as addiction medicine, cardiology, dermatology, general surgery, gynecology, and oncology, to name a few. Benefits include same day or next day access to the physician, longer appointments, proactive health focus, and in some cases, home visits, to name a few. As Specialists often deal with patients who have a chronic condition and have a need to see their physician regularly for in depth treatment, applying this model to these specialties makes perfect sense.
A Conciergemedicinetoday.org article titled "Why OB/GYN Concierge Medicine Specialty is likely to succeed" shares the experience of Dr. Ira Mickelson an OB/GYN based in Detroit, MI. In the article, Dr. Mickelson says the majority of his patients use him as their primary care doctor and sees this trend growing. The article, written in 2013, also discusses some of the reasons for this growing trend, as well as some of the benefits, all of which remain very relevant today.