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Old 07-12-2013, 03:34 PM   #31
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Would some of that $1800 cover the office visits? Or, is it a flat $1800/year but you don't pay for any other medical expenses? Now that I would do. So basically it would equate to $150/month and you would have no other medical expenses. But I'm guessing the $1800/year is in addition to tests, labs, etc. That would mean that dr would get $1,080,000 from all 600 patients.....that's insane!!!
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:36 PM   #32
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Nothing here in central Ohio. People wouldn't go for it. I did hear a story on the TODAY show many years ago about some doctors in NYC doing it. That was at least 10 years ago though. Those doctors were asking 100K, one time then most routine services were free. For that fee, the docs agreed to be available on a daily basis because they limited their clientelle.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:39 PM   #33
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when it was "offered" to me in NY it was the cost annually for the "priviledge" of being his VIP patient ( if I recall it was about $1,800. also quoted to me) than it would be financial business as usual, still take my insurance still take the co-pays, still had to pay anything I would normally have to pay for anything else...honestly I can't see how they can get away with this

I had GREAT insurance that paid him well, through Suffolk County Police Dept in NY, but he was located in an affluent area Southampton Long Island
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:37 PM   #34
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DS's pediatrician went to a concierge practice about 5 years ago. We pay $700/yr, but no other charges from the doctor's office. We are on a high deductible health plan, $5000 deductible, so we used to pay everything except annual checkups. We don't go to the doctor very often, so it's still more expensive than just paying per visit would be, but I love it. Doctor appointments are guaranteed the same day, the nurse practitioner does house calls, and the visits seem more thorough. And it's just a very different 'feel" to it. I never feel rushed, it's very laid back, like they are on my schedule, I'm not on theirs. I wish my PCP was concierge. Not sure if I'd pay $1800 for it, though!
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:45 PM   #35
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I'd be more upset with my doctor for making what seems to be a greedy move than with politicians.
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:08 PM   #36
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I'd be more upset with my doctor for making what seems to be a greedy move than with politicians.
I don't think its a greedy move, I think its just a different way to practice. You get more time with patients who have the funds and are willing to pay for it.

My former doctor went to this type of practice before Obamacare. I had the choice to go with him or stay with the new doctor that took over his practice. I chose to go with the new doctor and have never regretted it.

Isn't that what the TV show on USA called Royal Pains is about? I have never seen the show, but I have seen the commercials for it.
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:33 PM   #37
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Sorry but I think anyone who would pay for concierge service is a complete nut case. On call... google, or er. Are you kidding me? next day appointments. Really? someone must have money to burn? are you that new not to know what to do with a child that it could wait until the doc appt? If its not then go to the ER. But I guess thats not fast enough either.

I will say Im sorry for the families that have to pay so much out of pocket of a deductible. I guess Im fortunate to have no deductible and only 20% out of pocket.

Luckily my pediatrician has been practicing for almost 40 years. With my ex-dh, all 3 of my children and even if he pulled this bs I would find somewhere else.
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:03 PM   #38
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I'm in HC.
I may have a more objective view than others.
No blame on ObamaCare here.
Your Dr. is doing this on his own accord.
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:16 PM   #39
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Not a huge fan of the health care bill (don't totally hate it though) but why in the heck are you blaming the President?

This isn't any thing new? Heck, in the well to do suburbs around Philly this has been going on for at least 19 years. That's when my youngest was born and his pediatrician started a practice with 2 other doctors that they called premium.

They were getting up and age and said they wanted a smaller practice with a select group of patients.

Non issue. It's been done
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I think when the OP opened this thread she/he didn't realize its nothing new to many of us and jumped to the conclusion (assumed you know how that goes) it had something to do with our current President Hopefully they realize now it has nothing to do with him or the previous administration
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Sorry but I think anyone who would pay for concierge service is a complete nut case. On call... google, or er. Are you kidding me? next day appointments. Really? someone must have money to burn? are you that new not to know what to do with a child that it could wait until the doc appt? If its not then go to the ER. But I guess thats not fast enough either.
And there are folks who say anyone who would pay to go to Disney year after year is a complete nut case. I can see value in what they're offering... quick access to the doctor, some home visits, more personalized service, and longer time with the doc. To me, it's not an $1800/year value, but I can see an increased cost with it. I'm not going to judge someone who decides to spend their money on this.
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My PCP has closed her private practice, citing the high cost of malpractice insurance and the incredible amount of paperwork associated with both Medicare AND private insurance companies as the basic reason. We were considering changing doctors anyhow, because it'd take days to be seen when we were ill, so we aren't too shaken by this. However, she is considering a concierge practice with an annual fee that will guarantee same-day appointments as she will be limiting the number of patients she sees and she won't take insurance AT ALL. It will be strictly fee-based service, and it seems very reasonable. When I think of what we pay for health insurance, plus co-pays and deductibles, it's not such a bad thought. (based on last year's tax return, we paid about $12K for deductible medical expenses... hard to believe on our income, it's about 1/6 of our gross income). It's a gamble, that you'll "use" that much health care in one year, but people accept this all the time with health savings accounts.
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The Afforable Care Act?

What does this have to do with Disney Resorts?
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It's in the Community Boards. We talk about anything and everything here!
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:31 PM   #45
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Concierge practices have been a 'thing' since long before Obama even ran for president, it's not a reaction to Obamacare. I remember hearing about it...oh, geez, maybe 10 years ago. And I don't think it was new then.




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