Here at Freelance MD we get a lot of questions about various trends in medicine.
One of the most rapidly growing clinical practice models in the US these days is Concierge Medicine, and many Freelance MD readers have expressed interest in learning more about this practice model.
In Concierge Medicine, a physician cuts out third-party payers and contracts directly with his or her patients. The patients pay a retainer and the physician agrees to limit the practice size so he or she can provide exceptional access to these patients.
While this model has become very popular with a certain segment of the population and many physicians, it is not without critics. I wrote a recent article here on Freelance MD about the ethics of Concierge Medicine and the arguments for and against this model.
Since we've received so many inquiries about Concierge Medicine, I decided to post some resources here about the subject. In addition, for those of you who will be attending the Medical Fusion Conference this November, you'll be able to hear one of the leading experts on Concierge Medicine, Dr. Steven Knope, discuss the subject personally (and have the opportunity to sit down with Steve individually at our Accelerator sessions). Steve is the author of the book, Concierge Medicine: A New System to Get the Best Healthcare.
Here's a video interview with Dr. Steven Knope describing Concierge Medicine:
Here's another interview with Dr. Knope that appeared on FOX Business:
Here's a short video in which I describe Concierge Medicine and how we'll be discussing Concierge Medicine at the Medical Fusion Conference:
For those who want further information on Concierge Medicine, check out the following resources...
The Ethics of Concierge Medicine by Dr. Greg Bledsoe
The PGA Golf Tour, Concierge Medicine, & Hitting Your Next Shot as a Physician by Dr. Greg Bledsoe
The Need for Concierge Medicine by Dr. Steven Knope
New Concierge Medicine Series: Royal Pains by Mr. Jeff Barson
Health Matters by Melinda Beck of the Wall Street Journal
Worldwide Wellness in Outside Go magazine
Total Access: Concierge Medicine Puts a New Spin on Healthcare in The New Yorker magazine
Are Physicians Pawns in Our Healthcare System? in AzMedicine magazine
Doctors Switch to 'Concierge' Practices in Arizona Republic
Concierge Medicine: A New System to Get the Best Healthcare by Dr. Steven Knope