Someday soon you may find out he or she is converting the practice to “concierge” or “private” medicine. It’s becoming a trend.
Already, according the American Association of Private Physicians, more than 4,400 physicians in the U.S. have established concierge practices, which means they charge a fee – ranging from $60 to $200 per month — for you to be part of their medical practice. That’s the basic fee only – additional services aren’t included.
Part of what’s driving the trend, experts say, is the tsunami of people – estimated at about 30 million – expected to get health coverage in 2014 when the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented. The American Association of Medical Colleges estimates there will be a shortage of 45,000 primary care doctors by 2020.
Upscale practices promise special attention. In concierge and private practices, physicians often give patients a direct cell phone number with which to contact them directly, communicate by e-mail, make house calls, focus on preventive care, and provide consultation should it be needed when you’re traveling
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