Concierge Medicine Makes Good News and Good Sense

Last week The Boston Globe weighed in on the growth of concierge medicine, yet another local media outlet, this one major, acknowledging that many physicians want a lifestyle change—and want it now. Concierge medicine is garnering its share of headlines because it makes so much sense for both doctor and patient.

With every story in every city, more consumers learn about the personalized medicine model, and ponder whether it’s right for them. Concierge Medicine Today’s editor-in-chief Michael Tetrault writes today that: “Regardless of how you describe it or the term you associate with concierge medicine, the public’s perception of these healthcare delivery models is changing for the better.”

Public perception changes along with healthcare, motivating consumers to determine what’s best for them and at what price. Because the model is fairly new and the term “concierge” inherently connotes images unrelated to medicine, sometimes the public isn’t sure what concierge medicine is.

Defining Terms

“Most people understand that concierge medicine has had somewhat of a ‘brand/identity’ issue,” writes Tetrault. “It’s been referred to as: membership medicine; boutique medicine; retainer-based medicine; concierge healthcare; cash only practice; direct care; direct primary care, personalized healthcare, direct practice medicine and, most recently, contract carrying healthcare.”

We at SignatureMD are intent on helping physicians achieve their personal and professional goals within the context of a personalized or concierge medicine practice—no matter what you call it. We understand that physicians have worked hard to build their practices and obviously don’t want to put them at risk. We also believe that doctors can approach conversion of their practices with confidence and optimism, supported by the benefits of both knowledge and experience offered by SignatureMD. Talk to us to learn more.

About SignatureMD:

SignatureMD (signaturemd.com), with offices in Los Angeles, California and Richmond, Virginia, is one of the nation’s largest providers of initial conversion and ongoing support services to concierge medicine physicians, with an expanding network of over 160 affiliated primary care physicians and specialists across 31 states.