Most of us are familiar with traditional medical care. We have insurance, and we choose our doctors from the network provided for us by the insurance company. Sometimes that works out well, but other times, we can’t seem to get the treatment we need or want. There’s a new idea in medical care that is gaining popularity–boutique medicine. Our team at Four Seasons Medial Concierge would be happy to give you all the information you need to understand what this exciting method of medicine is all about.
What is Boutique Medicine?
Boutique medicine is also known as concierge medicine, retainer-based medicine, or direct care. It works like this: The patient pays an annual fee–a retainer–and in return, the patient has access to a chosen doctor for routine medical care, office visits, and usually an annual physical.
What are the Benefits?
For patients, the benefits include shorter wait times both in making appointments and when visiting the doctor. Patients can also expect the doctor to spend more time with them and to receive more personalized care. Some concierge doctors provide their patients with a personal telephone number and/or email address and make themselves available any time.
It may be surprising to some, but doctors are also frustrated with traditional medical care. They are not able to keep up with their overhead costs and also spend the required amount of time with each patient. Boutique medicine solves these issues for doctors. They can better predict their income with fewer patients. They can spend more time with each patient during their visit. They can get to know their patients individually and provide better care.
Is Boutique Medicine Right for You?
Are you already satisfied with the time and attention you get from your doctor? If so, then boutique medicine may not be worth it for you. However, if you make many visits to the doctor each year, for example, to monitor a chronic condition, and if you feel like you’re not getting the care you need, boutique medicine may save you money and provide more personal care for you.
Both doctors and patients are frustrated with typical medical care, and both are turning towards alternatives such as boutique medicine services to solve their problems. Four Seasons Medical Concierge wants to help you choose what is best for you and your family. Contact us today to book an appointment in Dallas or Phoenix and get started.