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 traditional hometown 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 or text the doctor directly on his cell phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- House calls to home/office/hotel
- Prioritized appointments for concierge members
- Direct communication with your doctor (eliminating interaction with front staff)
- Private valet parking/entrance for confidentiality
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.
A concierge doctor is your primary care physician, but much more. You get VIP service in the office and priority appointments. If there is an emergency, the doctor is available to help guide you.
Does the insurance company pay for concierge medicine?
Your insurance will not cover the subscription fee for concierge services. That would be an out of pocket expense. Think of it as paying a little extra for concierge service at a hotel.