By – C.J. Miles, MBAHCM, MSA
Research Analyst, AMAC Foundation
Concierge medicine, an alternative to traditional medical practices, is an umbrella term for medical practices with a direct financial relationship with patients. These practices are known by a variety of names including concierge healthcare, direct primary care (DPC), direct care, direct practice medicine, retainer-based, membership medicine, cash-only medicine, cash-only practice, boutique medicine, personalized healthcare, hybrid models, and contract carrying healthcare (Concierge Medicine Today [CMT], 2014a; McDonough, 2013; Tetreault, 2014).
Concierge medical practices typically charge a monthly or annual fee so that the patient receives additional access and personalized care. The range of access and amenities depends on the physician and the fee charged. For example, the patient may receive 24-hour physician availability by having the doctor’s phone number and email, as well as telephone consultations; executive-type physical examinations that last up to three hours long; expedited appointments…
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