The Boston Globe reports:
Every year, thousands of people make a deal with their doctor: I’ll pay you a fixed annual fee, whether or not I need your services, and in return you’ll see me the day I call, remember who I am and what ails me, and give me your undivided attention.
But this arrangement potentially poses a big threat to Medicare and to the new world of medical care envisioned under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul. …
Concierge doctors say they’re not out to exclude anyone, but are trying to recapture the personal connection shredded by modern medicine. Instead of juggling 2,000 or more patients, they can concentrate on a few hundred, stressing prevention and acting as advocates with specialists and hospitals.
MDVIP, a wholly owned subsidiary of consumer products giant Procter & Gamble …represents the largest group of concierge physicians in the country.MDVIP marketing executive Mark Murrison says its doctors do not sell access, but a level of clinical services above what Medicare or private insurance cover.
More doctors gravitate toward boutique practice
Fed up with long hours and limits on fees, they aim to offer a more personal approach — at a price