While everyone has an opinion on the health care overhaul, including concierge doctors, a new report by the nonprofit policy think tank RAND Corp might have you thinking differently. Everyone knew the system was broken and has been broken for a very long time. There are many reasons why primary care physicians are turning to concierge medicine, but some of the most influential reasons are due to the fact that this health care system we’ve been using for generations just isn’t working. Something had to change, and while the current change might not be what many people wanted, according to RAND Corp it’s much better than no change at all.
Concierge medicine creates an environment that allows for traditional health care to merge with progressive and technologically advanced medicine. Built on a strong foundation of trust and communication, the relationship that you have with your concierge doctor is nothing like the one you currently have with your family physician. While health care reform is changing the way American’s look at health care, concierge medicine is changing the way doctors care for their patients.Something had to change, and while the current change might not be what many people wanted, according to RAND Corp it’s much better than no change at all.
The health care system might be extremely riddled with flaws, and might continue to be consumed with red tape after the health care overhaul takes effect, concierge medicine will always remain uncomplicated. RAND Corp may have shown that the changes for health care are the best options we have, but there is still a lot of fear about the incredible consequences that reform will have on physician reimbursement (aka Medicare cuts), patient wait time, quality of medicine, and time spent with physicians.Something had to change, and while the current change might not be what many people wanted, according to RAND Corp it’s much better than no change at all.
While a typical physician can carry a patient load of 2,500+ patients, a concierge physician generally limits their practice to between 300-600 patients or more. It has also been referred to as: membership medicine; boutique medicine; retainer-based medicine; concierge health care; cash only practice; direct care; and direct practice medicine. While all concierge medicine practices share similarities, they vary widely in their structure, payment requirements, and form of operation. In particular, they differ in the level of service provided and the amount of the fee charged. There are an estimated 5,000* doctors throughout the U.S., practicing this type of healthcare delivery model. *Source: SIMPD
There is now an online news resource geared specifically towards concierge physicians, personalized care, boutique medical practice and family physicians, patients, and legislators. www.signaturemd.com is the only news and information organization dedicated solely to the distribution of news and information related to all aspects of concierge medicine. Links to articles shaping the nation’s view of this movement and connections to dozens of the most popular healthcare blogs discussing concierge medicine and its potential to rescue primary care are also included.