Doctors charge anywhere from $1,500 per person per year up to $25,000 or more for a family. This fee acts as a retainer on top of all the insurance-covered services.
An example: concierge patients receive a comprehensive physical exam and preventive advice. Those clients are guaranteed premium appointments that begin on time and last 30 minutes, vs. 20 minutes for traditional clients. The extra fee also buys a small USB drive containing the patient’s medical records, and the big lure: 24/7 access, including Debin’s personal cell phone number.
Dr. Susan Debin: said money wasn’t the reason she switched to a hybrid concierge practice after 25 years of primary care. Instead, it was the grueling pace of insurance-dominated care, where high demand and low reimbursements had her seeing 40 patients a day and reviewing charts until 2 a.m. Worse, it was barely possible to assess illness, let alone prevent it..
With the possible health care reform bill, these concierge practices are expected to rise. What do you think?
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:51 AM on Nov. 23, 2009
I don't know if I would pay for it. If I had health conditions that required that I see a Dr. on a consistent basis (like every month or couple of months), I would think about it. As it is, I have good health coverage but not a lot of time to see the Dr. I don't mind that my appt.'s don't last long, but it would be nice to have them see me when I am scheduled. A lot of Dr.'s do that around here.
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