CNN recently published an article discussing the related concepts of Concierge Medicine, Private Physicians and Direct Pay Practices. A few notable excerpts appear below:
Many doctors shy away from the term "concierge" because
it connotes that it's for an exclusive club. They are not practicing
"wealth care," as a few of those interviewed termed it. Instead, these
doctors are increasingly positioning themselves as health care providers
for middle class Americans who value wellness.
made a decision to invest $4 to $5 bucks a day in their health," said
Bret Jorgensen, CEO of MDVIP, a concierge doctor network. The company
has 230,000 members, ranging from chief executives to teachers, who pay
their doctors an annual fee of about $1,700 a year, on average, on top
of their insurance co-payments.
Concierge doctors argue that
they save patients money by reducing their need to go to specialists and
hospitals. "Patients who join have better control of chronic medical
issues. That $100 a month is paid back relatively quickly," said Dr.
Matthew Priddy, who also serves as President of the American Academy of