Practicing Concierge Medicine: Doctor Eligibility and Fit
As a physician looking for an alternative to the traditional medical practice model, you may be wondering whether you are eligible for a concierge medicine conversion – would you be a good fit? And, just as importantly, who shouldn’t be considering concierge medicine?
We spoke to SignatureMD-affiliated physician Dr. Joel Meshulam about the kind of doctor he feels would be a good fit for concierge medicine conversion. This is what he said:
As Joel explains, in his opinion, many doctors would be a great fit for concierge medicine. However, it’s not necessarily right for everyone:
It’s easy for me to delineate the kind of doctor that would be great for this kind of care, i.e. opening a concierge practice. It’s a little more difficult for me to tell you who shouldn’t be doing this. I have a couple of thoughts about that. I know in my hospital here in Baltimore, if you’re an employed doctor by the hospital, you can’t be a concierge doctor. They won’t allow you to do it. I don’t know if that’s a national phenomenon or not, but it makes a little bit of sense because the hospitals just want as many patients feeding them as possible, and their employed doctors need to have an aligned approach to what the hospital’s needs are.
If you’re a hospital-employed physician you may not be a candidate for this.
There are probably contracts between the hospital and the physician, so if the physician wants to leave that affiliation, they may have a restrictive covenant that prevents them from taking their devoted patients with them. That might be a problem.
I guess if you’re very happy in what you’re doing, and you have a wonderful schedule, lots of free time, all the time that you need with your patients, plenty of money in your savings account, the ability to pay for your kids’ college tuition, funding your IRA fully every year, driving the car that you want to drive, living in a comfortable house, and getting all the vacation you need doing what you’re doing now, then there’s really no reason for you to do anything else other than if you feel like maybe a little more of any of those things would be better –
More free time, more revenue, more vacation time, more time with your family. That’s what this model of care is supposed to deliver and does deliver.
Then again, if you’re very happy, and not suffering from stress, and you don’t have any problems with practice as you have it now, then you’re probably not watching this video anyway.
Do you feel like concierge medicine may be right for you? If so, you should hear what Joel had to say about evaluating your eligibility for concierge medicine, where he goes into further detail about ensuring a good fit.
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.