More doctors are choosing to practice “concierge medicine”. What is concierge medicine? Concierge doctors care for a limited number of patients who agree to pay an annual fee in return for better access to the physician and more time at doctor visits. On the one hand, this is great for the patients who can afford it and want better service; on the other hand, there is concern this will take away from patients who can’t afford better service.
For now, concierge medicine isn’t very common, though it is growing fast. As insurers pay doctors less, more doctors may choose to offer concierge services to patients. Whether this is good or bad depends on the eye of the beholder, but it is a natural and expected result of a medical care system that has a third party paying for care.