Concierge Medicine In Memphis And The Nation

November 14, 2013

There was a very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal last Monday (November 11) that was titled “The Pros and Cons Of Concierge Medicine”. With the looming advent of Obamacare everyone should be looking at options for their future medical care.

Here are some of the points made in the article which describes the features of MedLion clinics of which there are 16 locations in five states. They charge $59 for monthly membership and $10 per visit. The concierge business ranges from high end practices charging thousands of dollars per month for lavish celebrity-style treatment to the other pared down clinics which charge $50 to $100 a month for basic primary-care medicine. Of the estimated 5,500 concierge practices nationwide, two thirds charge less than $135 per month on average.

Unlike high-end concierge practices, the lower cost practices don’t accept insurance. Instead they charge patients directly for treatment often posting menu-style prices for services and requiring payment up front. Eliminating insurance billing cuts 40% overhead expenses to keep fees low. Some examples of price differences they site are Colonoscopy $2000 versus $400 and Mammogram $350 versus $80.

I have a long time friend who was married to a doctor. She has entered a concierge agreement with a local concierge firm, Dr. William Weiss who posted this statement on his website.

My Approach to Your Wellness

  • My goal is to manage and anticipate your unique healthcare needs. As an MDVIP-affiliated doctor, I will partner with you on a personal level to help you achieve the optimal health we all value. We will closely collaborate on what it takes to stay on the path to wellness. You will feel welcomed by the relaxed, individualized attention you will receive from everyone in our office. Then there is a statement that says “This MDVIP physician is currently at patient capacity. Please call MDVIP at 1-866-731-6337 or search for other nearby doctors.

I recommend that you read this article if you take the WSJ print edition or contact me for the information.

The “Affordable Care Act” has stirred the pot and now we will see how Americans will react to the notion that politicians know what is best for your health and care. Let me know what you plan for your future medical care.

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