Physicians, Get A Life.
One of the most frequently uttered terms on the lips of concerned Americans—both physicians and patients—is “healthcare.” (Yes, we know: Some people spell it “health care.”) The words “concierge medicine” are also becoming part of America’s vocabulary, as are the synonyms “personalized,” “boutique,” “attentive,” “retainer-based” or “direct practice” medicine.
Whatever the nomenclature, it’s making more and more sense for primary care physicians and their patients who are fed up with an unacceptable status quo and quite simply, aren’t going to take it any more. They find the genre refreshing, rewarding and reasonable—calm in the midst of healthcare chaos.
Doctors come up for air from underneath mounds of paperwork only to find their reimbursements cut, legal liability looming even larger, and higher practice insurance costs further reducing an already imperiled bottom line. They feel a loss of control, a slap in the face after years of self-sacrifice to become a doctor.
Primary care physicians deserve the opportunity to develop and manage customized, personalized medical programs that provide intellectual satisfaction, financial reward, and at the end of the day, a life.
As a doctor, if you decide to change your practice model, you deserve insightful collaboration with your business partner, just as your patients deserve it from you. You do have a choice.
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.