Blog | Monday, August 24, 2009

Concierge medicine keeps traditional practices afloat


An interesting twist is happening for concierge care, the controversial practice where doctors eschew insurance reimbursement and enter into private arrangements with patients who pay a lump sum to get longer appointments, more access and often around-the-clock availability.

The practice model works for the physicians who do it, and nationally, about 800 offices have gone to concierge care, according to this profile in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The practice hasn't always earned the respect of internists, though, who say the model drives the burden of community care to doctors in the traditional model. In this twist, however, revenue from concierge arm of the practice keeps the rest of the office in the black.