January 18, 2022

Why Personal Concierge Physicians Are More Important Than Ever

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Concierge medicine allows for strong doctor-patient relationships through extended visits and personalized care. In the beginnings of concierge medicine, having an on-call doctor in tune with your healthcare needs may have been considered a luxury. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic becoming a “normal” part of life, having easy access to a physician is more important than ever. 

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, patients have been less likely to schedule routine medical services due to social distancing and quarantine requirements – not to mention the risk of contracting the virus. As a result, doctors’ offices are backlogged with patients behind on routine medical care, including annual check-ups and preventative screenings. Many doctors’ offices have made adjustments and implemented telemedicine to ensure that patients’ needs are met, but their efforts are still falling short. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that concierge medicine can meet patients’ needs more efficiently and safely. Additionally, research shows that concierge medicine reduces the chance of hospitalization and produces better clinical outcomes.

Benefits of Concierge Medicine During COVID-19

Fewer Patients, Longer Appointment Times

According to the American Academy of Private Physicians (AAPP), a traditional primary care physician has a caseload of 2,000-4,000 patients. If they see 25 patients daily, each receives a mere 15 minutes with their physician to discuss their healthcare needs. These time constraints result in patients leaving their appointments with unanswered questions and an unsatisfactory experience. 

Concierge physicians are different because they have a smaller patient caseload (approximately 600 patients), allowing them to dedicate more time to each patient. This helps build a strong doctor-patient relationship beyond annual check-ups and preventative screenings. 

Avoid Crowded Areas

People disliked spending time in a crowded waiting room to visit their physician to begin with, and the potential of contracting COVID-19 certainly did not help the situation. Even pre-pandemic concierge medical practices focused on keeping smaller patient loads and implementing telemedicine, eliminating the wait in a busy, crowded waiting room. 

Seamless Access to Healthcare

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports, patients with certain medical conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or respiratory illness, are at higher risk for COVID-19 infections and associated complications. By scheduling an appointment with a physician within 24 business hours, healthcare concerns due to sickness or worsening chronic conditions are addressed quickly and efficiently, thus improving overall clinical outcomes. And since concerns can be answered by phone or virtually, it reduces the risk of infection. 

Personalized Concierge Medicine is the Future of Healthcare! 

Concierge medicine is not just a fad; it is part of the future of medicine. Improving the doctor-patient relationship is the healthcare industry’s way to create a healthier world.

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Sources

https://www.temeculamedicalgroup.com/blog/5-major-benefits-of-switching-to-concierge-medicine
https://www.consumerreports.org/healthcare-costs/concierge-medical-care-pros-and-cons/
https://www.nbprimarycare.com/2021/08/27/what-should-you-expect-from-a-concierge-doctor/