You Too Can Have a Concierge Doctor

Cost: $2,000 a year ($500 for a child). In return, you get 24-hour access to doctors, unhurried appointments, home visits and state-of-the-art annual physicals. In some cases, you get cell phone and e-mail access. “Concierge” or “boutique” doctors are stepping outside the insurance system and repackaging and repricing their services. Explains one doctor:

Traditional practice right now is totally geared toward the treatment of illness….. For those patients who want what the system does not offer, shouldn’t they be given the choice? When I know I am not managing your Type 2 diabetes because I only have 10 minutes and God forbid you end up blind or amputated as a result, something is wrong with the morality of that approach and the ethics.

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  1. Bruce says:

    The good thing about this is that the market for primary care is beginning to open up and become a real market.

    Only by escaping from the third-party payers can doctors be free to repackage and reprice their services — the way Michael Porter says they should do.

  2. Tom says:

    Question: Is there a way to combine concierge care with limited benefits insurance and three share type insurance?

  3. Larry C says:

    Answer to Tom: Concierge care is a form of limited benefits insurance.

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  5. ginger graves says:

    I’ve been unable to locate a concierge doctor in the
    memphis tn area. any suggestions on how to find’one?