…or Boutique Medicine or other trendy names for what amounts to the same thing. Paying your Doctor an annual fee of around $1500 on top of what you pay for health insurance.
In return you get (let me check the pamphlet I just got in the mail)
-After hours direct access to your physician by cell phone or pager.
-Same or next day appointments.
-Appointments that start on time and last as long as needed.
-Enhanced coordination of necesssary referrals
-Dispensing of many prescription medications for sick visits in the office.
-Telephone and email consultations.
-Unlimited visits with your physician
I’ve gone through 3 doctors in 5 years and it looks like I’m about to lose my current one as well unless I spend the money to join the new Concierge Healthcare practice he is opening up. I guess the days of having a family doctor who you use for years and years may be gone. This sucks though because I really like my current doctor. Enough so I’m somewhat considering joining.
I’m not sure though if the benefits justify the expense.
Is anybody currently a member of a practice like this. Can you share with me your experiences? Is the service worth it to you or has it been somewhat of a dissapointment?
For reference please include your age and a rough snapshot of your current state of health.
I’m a 29 year old male whose only health problem is pre-hypertension for which I go in every 6 months to get checked out.