• WHAT IS CONCIERGE MEDICAL CARE?

    Concierge Medical Care is a form of medical practice that requires a membership fee (sometimes called a “retainer”) with the Physician’s practice. Rather than having an insurance policy dictate which physicians a patient can choose for their medical needs, the relationship is forged between the patient and their Primary Care Physician rather than the patient and the insurance company.

  • HOW LONG HAS CONCIERGE MEDICINE BEEN AROUND?

    It has been formally practiced since the 1990s and is rapidly growing in popularity due to the benefits that member’s experience – particularly in having more valuable time with their doctor.

  • HOW DO PATIENTS PAY FOR THIS MEMBERSHIP?

    To pay for membership, patients have a choice of being billed either on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. The physicians are certainly willing to work out a good payment plan with cash, or a variety of credit cards, or check.

  • WHAT’S THE BENEFIT TO THE PATIENT?

    There are many benefits, but the main one is that the physicians run the practice and there is no HMO or PPO to dictate to them the maximum amount of time (in many cases 10 minutes) that the physician is “allowed” to spend with the patient. It results in more personal time with the physician and fewer patients for the physician to see in a day.

  • DOES INSURANCE OR MEDICARE COVER THE CONCIERGE MEMBERSHIP?

    No, because of the constraints that the insurance companies put on the physicians. In this manner the financial arrangement is between the physician and the patient with no middle-man determining which drugs the patient can take and what tests the physician can order – in regular practices the insurance companies have an influence over such decisions. The Concierge plan is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid either because it doesn’t bill Medicare or Medicaid for any of the services. However, Medicare patients can still purchase a membership in the practice, maintain a personal physician/patient relationship as a member, and have Medicare cover the medications, lab tests, and other fees outside this practice.

  • IS THIS A LONG-TERM CONTRACT?

    The Membership term is month-to-month (30-day period). There is no long term commitment. Patients can opt-out at any time and receive a prorated refund. There are no penalties for termination.