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Pros and Cons of Concierge Medicine
Wall Street Journal, by Jan Wieczner

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Posted By:Judy W., 11/11/2013 3:04:34 PM

When Samir Qamar practiced concierge medicine at Pebble Beach Resorts in Monterey, Calif., the hotel´s "A-list clientele" paid $550 to see him and as much as $30,000 a month to keep him on retainer. But last year, Dr. Qamar decided to abandon VIP medicine and pursue a no-frills version of his practice, charging just $59 for monthly membership to his MedLion clinics (16 locations in five states) and $10 a visit—and never billing insurance. Dr. Qamar is part of a new and growing generation of concierge doctors who, in this era of health reform, see more opportunity in the middle class

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This is great news. Somehow, the market always finds a way.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mackrand, 11/11/2013 4:12:22 PM     (No. 9608362)

I´m waiting to hear that Kaiser is dropping my Medicare Advantage plan and I´ll head for this Dr. place, and oh, by the way, to Phoenix full time. And I won´t be bringing any liberal attachments with me. I vote conservative and I won´t be voting for McCain when I vote either....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Axeman, 11/11/2013 7:09:37 PM     (No. 9608568)

I had this very idea. I thought of it as Membership Medicine. Like membership fee plus fixed price for routine services. No nonmembers served. No gov´t money accepted. Contracted outside services. Pay for the best Doctors. Own the buildings.
Just wait for the 0bamunists to crack down on this. Can´t allow any competition.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: grayjay, 11/11/2013 7:34:49 PM     (No. 9608600)

My wife and I, both on Medicare and living in Florida, joined a concierge practice last year. The increasing difficulty of finding doctors willing to treat Medicare patients was a primary cause. Now, instead of never really seeing the doctor, instead, PA´s and nurses, we have our doctor´s cell phone and home phone, and can talk directly to him any time we need to. Our office visits average an hour or so in length, with the doctor willing to answer any and all questions, without rushing out the door to a mob of other patients in the waiting room. It is very reminiscent of how going to the doctor was when we were much younger.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Coy860, 11/11/2013 7:47:16 PM     (No. 9608609)

I heard about a 3 doctor office locally doing this. Monthly fee ranges from 59. to 75. cash only. They have a lot of test equipment at their office, each has 700 patients and make HOUSE CALLS! Unlimited phone calls and they have their own pharmacy right there with very low rates.
The government could have done this service for the 30 million uninsured and left the rest of us alone and saved a LOT of money.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 11/12/2013 3:57:14 AM     (No. 9608931)

We had a doctor for many years who practiced like this, except he didn´t charge the monthly fee.

He took no insurance, you paid him and applied to your insurance company for reimbursement. He was a great doctor, and very accessible. He retired because of Obamacare.

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