Concierge Medicine Is Only For The Rich and
medical programs for patients have actually
been proven to save individuals and families
money. According to Concierge Medicine Today
(CMT), more than 60% of concierge medicine programs
cost less than $135.-- per month, per person.
Furthermore, a recent in The New York Times
supports this belief. The paper reports that
the state of Indiana has a high-deductible plan
and another that's a traditional HMO. People
in the high-deductible plan spend thousands
less than those in the HMO.
average expense in 2009 for patients on one
of these [high-deductible] plans was $6,393,"
the paper writes, "compared with $8,570
for patients enrolled in a more traditional
health maintenance organization plan."
also a little known fact that nearly 60% of
concierge medical programs across the U.S. cost
an individual less than $135 per month. (Source:
ConciergeMedicineToday.com, December 2010).
programs cost as little as $10 per month for
children. A practice in Wichita, KS offers flat
monthly fees ranging from $10 per month for
kids and $50 ,$75 or even $100 per month for
adults based upon age. Members of that concierge
medical practice receive unlimited access to
the doctor at their home, work or the doctor's
office along with unlimited "technology
visits" like cell phone, web cam, email
and texting. Furthermore, many concierge physicians
offer access to wholesale pricing on prescriptions,
lab tests, imaging services and medical supplies
for pennies on the dollar.
recently submitted data stating that: 'Utilizing
a blended rate based upon national averages
for current fees charged for concierge medical
care, an estimated 9,285,714,286 people could
be provided concierge medical care with the
13 trillion dollar debt. Carrying this out 928,571,429
people could be provided this care for 10 years.
These figures are based upon information obtained
through average pricing surveys conducted from
2009-2010 by The Concierge Medicine Research
the upshot: When you combine high-deductible
health plan policies with a concierge medical
program, you empower people and families to
make better decisions about their health care,
they in turn receive more comprehensive medical
care and then the savings happen and stronger
relationships occur between the physician and
their patients. One California concierge physician
recently made the statement that truly encompasses
this fact when she says her patients can say
'I no longer have a doctor who needs to look
at my chart to know my name.'
Concierge medicine isn't that popular and patients
are not seeking it.
Demand For Concierge Medical Care Currently
Outweighs Supply of Physicians Across U.S.,
according to The Concierge Medicine Research
Collective, May 2010 thru May 2011 survey.
have been studying the demand for concierge,
direct care, cash only and retainer-based medical
models by consumers for the past two years.
They've found that the number of patients who
are seeking concierge medical care is far greater
than the actual number of primary care and family
practice doctors available to serve them. It's
extremely difficult to find a physician for
those seeking concierge physician services in
very rural areas like Idaho, North and South
Dakota, Louisiana, Mississippi and others. Often
times, we have found that there are less than
half-a-dozen practitioners to serve an entire
there are currently four states that have a
huge lead in the amount of active concierge
physicians in practice and consumers seeking
their care. Florida, California, Pennsylvania
and Virginia each have a significant number
of people (most over age 50) seeking out concierge
doctors and there is, fortunately, a sizeable
number of concierge physicians to serve them.
the number of physicians entering concierge
medical practices needs to increase, more transparent
pricing among doctors is also needed. Unfortunately,
our nation's new health care reform law does
little in this respect.