What is Concierge Medicine?

May 30, 2016

We all know what it means to be a patient.
 
The ever-constant anxiety while you wait for a week (or two) to get a consultation with your doctor, not knowing what’s wrong with your body.
 
The fever, chills and shooting pain that comes with the flu, a broken bone or muscle spasm. Having to put aside these symptoms and leave the comfort of your home to drive to the hospital or doctor’s office for treatment.
 
The hours wasted flipping through magazines in your doctor’s office only to get seven minutes of face-to-face time with your doctor.
 
We have all been patients. Every doctor has been a patient, too. That’s why more and more doctors are turning to concierge medicine. At its core, concierge medicine solves the issues that can make the doctor-patient experience distasteful. It puts patients where they belong — at the center of the healthcare experience.
 

Concierge medicine offers more scheduling flexibility. 

Concierge physicians often guarantee patients same- or next-day appointments with little to no time spent waiting. And, you can forget about business hours — many concierge doctors email, text, call and even Skype with patients for after-hours emergencies. 

 

Concierge medicine increases the meaningful time patients and doctors spend together. 

At a traditional private practice, a physician spends, on average, seven or eight minutes with a patient. This is because a traditional doctor may have up to 6,000 patients. A concierge doctor usually has less than 500 patients, and the minimum appointment time for many concierge physicians is 30 minutes. This allows a concierge doctor to really get to know each patient and his or her medical issues and history.

 

Concierge medicine can help you reach your optimal levels of health

With increased time and availability, one of the perks of being a member is that your physician can practice medicine with prevention in mind. By having more time to review your history and long-term goals, your doctor can work with you one-on-one to lay out a personal plan of action. It’s like having your own personal health coach ready to meet you right where you are!

 

If you're a patient interested in concierge medicine, find out more or contact us today.