Concierge Medicine


10 Major Benefits to Concierge Medicine

There are 10 major benefits for patients to participate in Concierge Medicine.  The #1 benefit is the ability to schedule same day or next day appointments.

At BodyPro, we can offer you the following additional benefits and enhanced services:

  1. Ease in scheduling same day or next day appointments
  2. Timely appointments – no wait times
  3. Continuity of care with your doctor, not some other provider
  4. Opportunity for your doctor to get to know you well
  5. Longer appointment times to voice your concerns
  6. Availability of your doctor, 24/7, after hours and weekends
  7. Accessibility to your doctor for urgent care needs
  8. Prompt response to prescription requests and renewals
  9. Expedited testing and results reporting
  10. Decreased patient anxiety

In our experience, we have found that patients that have become a part of concierge medicine have less anxiety overall, because they don’t have to deal with wait times for appointments.  Since the inception of the Affordable Care Act, more people have access to care, making scheduling quite difficult. In a traditional medicine primary care practice, some patients wait 2 months for new patient appointments.  With concierge medicine, you have immediate access to your doctors.

Concierge Medicine Defined

Concierge medicine is a contract for services between physician and patient in which third party payers are partly or wholly eliminated.  This means that patients pay a monthly or annual fee for personalized care giving them unlimited access to their doctors. It is a patient-centered, long-term relationship that promotes overall well-being for patients, as they feel they are in more control of their healthcare.

Concierge Medicine on the Rise

According to a 2014 Survey of America’s Physicians, conducted by Merritt Hawkins, a healthcare search firm, there is an increased percentage of physicians interested in the concierge business model.  Specifically, the survey findings revealed:

  • 7% of physicians are already practicing it
  • 13% of physicians plan to transition to it at some point in their careers
  • 17% of physicians, aged 45 or younger, are more likely to consider this type of practice

This business model offers several advantages to physicians, as it provides:

  • More quality time to spend with each patient
  • Less stressful workplace
  • Reduction in size of patient panel
  • More control over income and time

BodyPro and Concierge Medicine

Concierge Medicine is the best business model for our patients because it allows us to keep our practice small, where we see on average 8-10 patients per day.  In having a small practice, we have more time to spend with our patients to ensure they have a better healthcare experience–one that is more personalized, accessible and convenient.

How Do you Know if Concierge Medicine is Right for You?

According to a 2015 survey of Concierge Medicine Today readers, 77% of patients using concierge medicine (and direct pay) programs are between the ages of 40 to 70 years old. No matter your age, however, concierge medicine may be right for you if:

  • You desire increased accessibility and personalized service
  • You want to improve your health and need the guidance, assistance, and progress monitoring to keep you accountable
  • You want a doctor to help manage your chronic illness
  • You have more than one chronic condition complicating your health and lifestyle

Contact Us

Contact us today at (714) 210-2827  for a free 15 minute consultation to see if concierge medicine is right for you.

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Footnotes

  1. http://www.physiciansfoundation.org/uploads/default/2014_Physicians_Foundation_Biennial_Physician_Survey_Report.pdf (page 53)
  2. https://conciergemedicinetoday.org/2016/11/22/concierge-medicine-today-releases-the-top-doctors-in-concierge-medicine-list-for-2016-in-the-field-of-concierge-medicine-3/

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