TRUTH: This is no longer true. Concierge medicine is affordable for almost all people. The cost is approximately 83 dollars per month, approximate cost of a gym membership, or a daily cup of coffee. Another way to look at this is like how you use car insurance. You don't expect your car insurance to pay for gas, oil, or tires but you do for accidents.
TRUTH: Another insurance is necessary to have, you may pick a plan that empowers you and your doctor to make decisions and not the insurance company. Many insurances charge high premiums for low deductibles and they make all the decisions for you. You might get a higher deductible insurance and save money on premiums and spend money for special personalzed care. Also many people have Health Savings Accounts (HSA) through work and you can pay for concierge medicine with tax free dollars.
TRUTH:It is true that primary care doctors go from approximately 3,000 patients to 600 patients in this model, and therefore can not take all of the patients they once did. Currently before the advent of concierge medicine, most doctors coming out of school are not going into primary care. If we make the world of primary care more attractive to medical students, then the trend may change. The truth is that medical students realize they can make 300% more money than a primary care doctor if they specialize. This is what has caused the shortage and the current system has no plans to change it. Concierge medicine is a primary care doctros way to even the playing field and I bet it will encourage more students to pursue primary care.
TRUTH: On the average the Concierge Doctor makes equivalent to a specialist such as Cardiologist or Gastroenterologist. This allows the primary care doctor to do more charity or volunteer work. The often see 10% of patients free of charge.
TRUTH: Most doctors in the traditional systemare paid and incentivized by insurance companies to spend less money on the patients in order to get a bonus at the end of the year. This is obviously a conflict of interest. Currently this is mostly in the HMO system however, as health care is changing, unfortunately this is getting worse and now moving in to the Medicare population. Once patients understand this gross inequity in the system, they will realize concierge medicine puts the power back to the patients and doctor to make the decision without a conflict of who the doctors works for. The doctor works for you and only you in this system. They put your needs, interests and desires first. Choices about medications, tests and referrals to specialists are not unethically being made. This is actually a step back in time like in 1960s where patients would pay their doctors directly.
SO COME ON AND JOIN THIS GROWING MOVEMENT. BE A PART OF THE CHANGE AND TAKE ACTION WITH ME. DON'T JUST EXCEPT THE CURRENT SYSTEM THE WAY IT IS.
WE WILL BE GLAD TO SIT DOWN WITH YOU AND EXPLAIN MORE TO YOU
Currently I have stopped accepting Traditional Patients.
In the traditional medical track, you will not get the amenities listed and have a typical professional experience with your doctor. There is nothing wrong with picking this track. We do take a limited number of these patients in order to have services available for the concierge patients. Certain insurance also dictate who can be in this track. You might still have co-payments and deductibles owed. Currently we are closed to traditional medicine except for patients with Tufts Medicare Preferred.
In the Concierge model, you do get the services, are treated like a VIP and also benefit from the professional treatment of a Internal Medicine doctor. There are also limited number of spots here as we want to be able to provide you state of the art primary care plus. We know you will love this new concept and care. It is the care you have been looking for at a nominal price. You do pay a fee per month, but there are no co-paysand close to no deductibles or non covered insurance expenses. You still need your health insurance and we will charge your insurance company for covered services. You might change your deductible and lower your monthly cost to the insurance company and actually save money. Your will need your insurance to pay for labs, X-rays, specialists, and medications.
All insurances are taken at Thompson Medical Associates.
ACCEPTING TUFTS MEDICARE PREFERRED UNDER TRADITIONAL CARE
Please inquire about your insurance