Over the past decade, more and more physicians have been transforming their private practices into a new business model: medical concierge. Additionally, patients aren’t the only ones frustrated with bureaucratic insurance companies, skyrocketing health care and prescription costs, and the limited face-to-face time they get with their doctor (once they finally get an appointment).
Besides the issues patients face, doctors that own traditional private practices must now have an entire accounting team dedicated to handling the back-and-forth correspondence with insurance companies, ensuring a patient meets their co-insurance and co-payment responsibilities, and properly coding bills so payments are not delayed.
Since neither the doctor nor the patient is happy with the current system, it’s no surprise that concierge medicine has quickly become a popular alternative. Concierge medicine addresses the challenges that both patients and physicians face when dealing with private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid — and it is especially popular with internal medicine and family practitioners.
Definition of a Medical Concierge
A medical concierge (also called boutique medicine, retainer-based medicine, or direct primary care) is a private practice where patients pay an annual fee to become a member of the practice. Unfortunately, many patients see the word “concierge” when reading about the practice and associate it with elite services that are out of their price range. However, many of those same patients are often shocked to learn (after tallying up all the out-of-pocket costs they have spent in past years) that a medical concierge would have been more cost-effective in the long-run.
How Concierge Medicine Works
If you were to join a medical concierge practice as a patient, in exchange for paying a retainer fee, you would receive much more access to your doctor — including last-minute appointments, prescription refills, or answers to your health-related questions. Also, when you need to see your doctor for an appointment, those visits can be longer than a traditional doctor’s appointment.
You also won’t have to wait weeks or months for appointments. You’ll build a long-term relationship with your physician, so they understand your medical needs inside and out. It’s easy to see why a patient would prefer joining a medical concierge practice over a traditional model.
Get in Touch with Us
If you are in the greater Phoenix or Dallas area and want to reclaim control over your medical care, contact Four Seasons Medical Concierge. The staff understands how stressful it can be to find a top-rated doctor, which is why we streamline the entire process — giving you direct access to the best specialists in spinal medicine, pain management, podiatry, and orthopedics. Contact us today to set up an appointment at our location in Phoenix or Dallas.