What are concierge medicine services?
Concierge medicine is a buzz phrase you might be hearing on the news these days, but it really boils down to the old-school doctor approach. Through concierge services, you get a doctor who is on-call 24 hours a day. That means no more waiting for callbacks or dealing with a service. It’s like having your own private physician on speed-dial.
Patients who opt for concierge service pay a reasonable monthly subscription fee to get personalized attention. This fee allows the doctor to accept fewer patients and be more available.
Concierge services include:
- Call the doctor directly on his cell phone, 24 hours a day
- House calls
- Prioritized appointments for Concierge Members
- Access to your doctor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Direct communication with your doctor (eliminating interaction with front staff)
How is that different from a primary care physician?
A primary care physician simply manages your health care needs. There are no special perks offered to patients. For example, if you call your primary care physician for an appointment, you might wait weeks to be seen. If you have an emergency, you have to rely on urgent care centers or the ER for help. Those doctors simply forward your information to the primary care physician.
A concierge doctor is your primary care physician, but much more. You get VIP service in the office and immediate appointments. If there is an emergency, the doctor is available to you.
Does the insurance company pay for concierge medicine?
Your insurance will cover office visits the same way they do with any primary care physician. You pay a separate subscription fee for concierge service. That would be an out of pocket expense. Think of it as paying a little extra for concierge service at a hotel.