We might all be wondering if there is a future in concierge health. As we watch the nation slowly change in its health care goals, this is probably the onl…
We might all be wondering if there is a future in concierge health. As we watch the nation slowly change in its health care goals, this is probably the only time in our history when everyone is thinking about the same thing. The coming months will see a major change in how patients are treated for illnesses, injuries and preventive care, and many experts are predicting a physician shortage because of it. With more than 300,000,000 people finally having insurance coverage more people will not be as reluctant to get needed medical treatment than ever before. How will this shortage be handled? Some doctors are gearing up for the new change in some very old-fashioned ways but with a new twist.
More Personalized Attention
Rather than the rushed visit that you normally get from the traditional doctor visit, concierge doctors are dedicating much more time to their patients than ever before. Typically, you can expect your visit to the doctor to be anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, giving them enough time to really get to the root of whatever problem you have. They can analyze family history, take the time to understand your particular symptoms, and personalize a prevention plan that focuses on your specific needs.
You can also be comforted in knowing that you have access to your doctor 24/7 around the clock. No more waiting days, or sometimes weeks, to get a chance to see the doctor; with concierge medicine you can often get an appointment on the same day and if you can’t get in to see them, you have the option of telephone or email consultation that can get you the help you need without having to spend hours in a long and drawn out waiting pattern.
It’s More Affordable Than You Think
Most people believe that concierge medicine is a service that is designed for the independently wealthy and only they can afford such personalized help. However, the annual fee for concierge medicine averages about $4-5 per day. About what you’d spend for a pack of smokes or a great cup of coffee at your favorite coffee shop.
In recent months there have been many doctors that have taken early retirement so that they can take their experience out in the field to cater to this new twist on an old way of doing things. Concierge health will be a growing industry that will allow many people to have the personalized service that our grandparents had, but with the advanced medical technology at their disposal.