Changes in the Air of Healthcare
“Change is inevitable,” and for some of us, it’s often unwelcome and uncomfortable. What’s happening with healthcare now? Everyone wants to know, but no one is sure. As a doctor, maybe you’re scared, even frozen, and unable to act. You know you should be doing “something,” but you don’t know what.
So you wait, hoping you’ll awaken one morning with a distinctly clear vision, but knowing that soon, you need to take control of your practice and your life. There’s a reason you became a physician, for you really did—and still do—want to help. But now, maybe you need help: It’s ok to admit that, to admit that maybe it is time for a change, time for you to be in business for yourself but not by yourself. You already know about concierge medicine, or maybe you know it as boutique, personalized, retainer-based, value-based or direct practice medicine. No one knows for sure how many concierge physicians currently practice in the United States—estimates range widely between 500 and 10,000—but perhaps you should be one of them. Is concierge medicine a symptom or cure for the current disillusionment with healthcare? You decide. Perhaps you’ll decide that you should “make the change.” You owe it to yourself to learn more.