You would be hard-pressed to find someone who is 100% completely satisfied with the current healthcare system. From rising insurance costs to receiving only a few minutes of face-time with a doctor, people are searching for other types of healthcare services that better meet their individual needs. One solution that many patients are turning to is that of a concierge doctor.
While the name “concierge doctor” is new, the features of today’s concierge medical practices are reminiscent of independently owned and operated practices that existed before large corporations entered the medical arena. Patient-centered philosophies, small-scale operations, sound financials, strong healthcare coordination, and a focus on preventative activities are just some of the reasons patients opt for a concierge doctor.
Deciding if a Concierge Doctor is the Best Choice for You
Unlike conventional healthcare systems where a patient (and their insurance, if applicable) pays a fee to the doctor only when they have an appointment, concierge medicine runs on a membership model. If you have a concierge doctor, you will pay a membership fee to subsidize healthcare services such as round-the-clock access to a physician, same-day appointments, and the ability to have lengthy office visits. In addition, this doctor is focused on building a long-term relationship with patients — and doing everything possible to exceed patients’ expectations.
If these benefits are something you would like in your healthcare provider, a concierge doctor might be the right choice for you. However, before you sign on the dotted line, you will want to research different options and pick the one that fits your requirements.
When evaluating a concierge doctor, consider the answers to these questions before making the switch:
- Do you feel comfortable in the office?
- Do you have a good rapport with the doctor, nurses, and support staff?
- How does this medical practice compare to other offices you’ve used in the past?
Just like conventional healthcare, there are many types of concierge doctors that practice different types of concierge medicine. For example, if you are an athlete and searching for a concierge sports medicine physician, a concierge medical practice like Four Seasons Medical Concierge would be a good option for you. Not only do we have expert sports medicine physicians, but we also have orthopedic physicians and surgeons in the practice — an important factor if you are an athlete or have an exercise-related injury.
Once you have evaluated your previous medical expenses, you will need to decide how much you want to spend on a concierge doctor. As with any service, these doctors have many price ranges and membership payment options. Be sure you ask questions until you understand all the potential costs of the concierge medical practice you are considering.
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Concierge medicine gives patients more choice over the treatments and tests administered, which can lead to better long-term health outcomes — something appealing to all patients. If you are interested in exploring concierge medicine, make sure to talk to the professionals at Four Seasons Medical Concierge, located in Dallas and Phoenix. Contact us today to book an appointment and speak with one of our staff members!