Healthcare in the United States can be frustrating for both doctors and patients.
Doctors are overworked with upwards of 2,000 patients, meaning they see 20-30 patients daily. Patients are unhappy because they have limited time (usually less than 30 minutes) with their primary care physician to discuss their healthcare needs if they can even get an appointment. According to the Becker Hospital Review, the average wait time for an appointment was 29.3 days.
So, what is the solution? Concierge medicine.
Many doctors are shifting their practice to the concierge medicine model. There are more than 12,000 concierge providers across the United States, according to Concierge Medicine Today.
What is Concierge Medicine?
Concierge medicine is a membership-based discount program that provides individuals with a primary care doctor that is personalized and affordable while emphasizing personalized, direct care.
The concept of concierge medicine is not new; it was introduced in the 1990s but has gained traction recently. In a sense, it is a reconnection to a more historical form of healthcare, when rural doctors would make house calls and have individual relationships with their patients. The idea of personalized care still remains today, but advances in technology and direct communication allow concierge care to provide an elevated patient experience.
Why Concierge Medicine?
For the past few decades, the American healthcare system has been in decline. The traditional healthcare model is fee-for-service, meaning patients pay a fee regardless of the outcome. As a result, providers search for a new way to provide healthcare to their patients and turn to a value-based, personalized care model.
Concierge medicine offers a personalized approach to healthcare. This model focuses on the doctor-patient relationship, allowing direct communication, more time to discuss issues or concerns during visits, and collaboration to create effective care plans. Additionally, emphasizing quality of care provides price transparency, healthcare access when needed, and, more importantly, better patient outcomes.
Benefits of Concierge Medicine
Concierge healthcare provides many benefits both for providers and patients. For patients, in particular, concierge medicine means personalized care, direct communication, better pricing, and more.
Direct access. With concierge medicine, patients can securely contact their primary care provider to schedule a doctor’s visit (phone, virtual, or in-person) within 24 business hours of your request, Monday-Friday.
Personalized care. Personalized care is the cornerstone of concierge medicine. Since doctors can spend more time with their patients, they can provide a more personalized and individual approach to care. This results in improved health through a better doctor-patient relationship.
Price transparency. Healthcare costs are fully transparent because there is a clearly stated copay for office visits, prescriptions, and lab services.
Unlimited visits. With a Dr. Now annual membership, patients have access to unlimited doctor visits, including preventative and proactive services. There are also no limitations on prescriptions or lab tests.
Personalized Concierge Medicine is the future of healthcare! To learn more about our detailed benefits and cost savings or schedule a consultation, call Dr. Now at 833-733-4134 or visit our website today!