To say that there have been some changes in the medical field in the U.S. the past few years is to put it mildly. The good news is there are new doctor-patient models being created and finding resounding success. One growing trend, in particular, is concierge medicine. This relatively new model of health care has really taken off in recent years and shows no sign of slowing.
The ability for a patient to build a relationship with one particular doctor may seem like something right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. But there is much to admire from an era when people knew their doctor – and their doctor knew them.
What You Can Expect from Concierge Care
The nicest hotels usually have a concierge who is the go-to-guy (or gal) for tickets to shows, dinner reservations, cabs, entertainment recommendations, and more. You name it, and the concierge is there to help.
Physicians have adopted a version of this, providing personalized, one-on-one concierge medical services where access to one’s doctor and patient convenience are key.
Concierge practices charge an annual fee, which frees up the doctor to more devotedly serve a smaller number of patients. Patients of concierge doctors often report being thrilled with the personal touch of this type of care as well as easy access to the health care they need. No longer does one have to spend 30 minutes or more in the waiting room, only to be treated in assembly-line fashion by someone who has to look at a chart for your name.
Because concierge docs can keep their patient base smaller, they develop a much more personal relationship with their patients.
Patient Response to Concierge Medicine
Recently, a concierge practice surveyed 18,000 concierge patients from several different practices about their experiences with concierge care and obtained some pretty impressive statistics.
The survey found the vast majority of concierge patients felt that concierge medicine was better than traditional medical services in the following ways:
- Better communication with the doctor
- More quality time with the doctor
- More time spent with the doctor than in the waiting room
- Better access; they could reach their doctor anytime, 24/7
- More professional office staff
Are You Ready for Concierge Service?
If you are in the Bethesda, Rockville, and Potomac, Maryland, area and are ready for the concierge experience, contact Rockville Concierge Doctors by calling (301) 545-1811 or request your complimentary meet and greet now. You’ll love how your primary care doctor handles your medical concerns.