Concierge medicine is a medical management structure that has been in existence since the 1990s. Essentially, a typical concierge medical practice limits its number of patients and provides highly personalized attention that includes comprehensive annual physicals, same-day appointments, preventive and wellness care, and fast, 24/7 response time. Concierge medicine has become popular among both physicians and patients/consumers who are frustrated by the limitations imposed by managed care organizations. From many physicians’ perspectives, concierge medicine offers greater autonomy, the opportunity to return to a more manageable patient load, and the chance to improve their incomes that have declined because of increasingly lowered reimbursements for their services. From many patients’/consumers’ perspectives, concierge medicine provides more immediate, convenient, and caring access to their primary care physicians and, regardless of their physician’s annual retainer fee, the elimination of third-party insurance coverage costs and hassles. The major criticisms of the concierge medicine model come from some health care policy makers and experts, who believe that concierge medicine is elitist and its widespread implementation will increase the shortage of primary care physicians, which is already projected to become worse because of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, which requires everyone to have health insurance.Utilizing these topics as its framework, this article explains why concierge medicine’s form of medical management is gaining ground, cites its advantages and disadvantages for stakeholders, and examines some of the issues that will affect its growth.
Author Affiliations: Monmouth University, New Jersey.
The authors have no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: David P. Paul III., DDS, PhD, Marketing and Health Care Leon Hess Business School, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764 (firstname.lastname@example.org).