Were it not for the switch to direct pay and concierge medicine, it is argued, the already short supply of primary care doctors would be further depleted by early retirements of older doctors, and by the opting out in favor of other jobs or just quitting altogether by burnt-out younger doctors.
Proponents of concierge medicine say patients are also rewarded by gaining enhanced access to care that focuses on preventive medicine. That particular focus would help correct bad patient behaviors and lead America to healthier living as concierge doctors take on more of an active role in their patients' lifestyles. Under the old insurance model, lifestyle advice and follow-up phone calls and emails are not usually reimbursed.
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- "Using Hybrid Concierge Medicine to Attract, Incentivize Primary Care Physicians" http://bit.ly/18aN66q
- Business Week: "Is Concierge Medicine the Future of Health Care" http://buswk.co/18lv9za"
- "Concierge Medicine" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concierge_medicine