Imagine the convenience of being able to see a primary care doctor anytime you want. Think of the sense of security and comfort that would be gained from having a professional medical service that answers your questions as needed, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This may sound too good to be true, but the reality is this kind of service does indeed exist. This service, referred to as concierge medical services, is now available through Four Seasons Medical Concierge. But before we get into the many pros of concierge medicine, it is first important to understand what exactly these personalized medical services entail. What exactly is concierge medicine? Let’s take a closer look.
What is Concierge Medicine?
Concierge medicine is basically a system where patients pay a fee in exchange for better access to doctors and more personalized medical care. In 1996, the concept was first put into action when a Seattle doctor decided to charge his patients a flat fee in exchange for what he called “highly attentive medicine.” This allowed less of a reliance on fees-for-service that are regulated by insurance companies.
This new concept of concierge medicine quickly grew in popularity as many practices around the country now offer these services. Concierge medicine is also referred to by many different terms. Some of these terms are boutique medicine, direct care, membership medicine, and retainer-fee practice.
Now that we have a better understanding of what concierge medical services are, let’s examine two major benefits of choosing this type of medical care.
Personalized Attention and Care
In a traditional medical practice setting, a doctor has to manage an average of 2,000 patients. This equates to having to see one patient every 10 to 15 minutes. Doctors have to see that many patients due to the nature of insurance company reimbursements. When a doctor has this many patients to see, in such a short amount of time, your medical care can seem impersonal and rushed.
Concierge medical services, however, allow the doctor to manage less patients. Doctors are able to spend more time with their patients and provide more personalized and preventative care. Concierge medicine allows the doctor visits to be faster, and the time spent at the doctor’s office more valuable.
Unlimited Primary Care Services
Although every direct primary care practice is unique, they typically offer general medical services such as wellness visits, prevention screenings, diagnostic tests, and minor urgent care services. Given this plethora of services, visiting the doctor can end up being very expensive for individuals who require frequent visits under a traditional insurance plan. For these individuals, concierge medical services can be more cost-effective than traditional insurance plans.
Want More Information?
If you are interested in learning more about concierge medical services, make sure to talk to the experts at Four Seasons Medical Concierge. We have offices located in Dallas and Phoenix. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started!