concierge medicine

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concierge medicine

n.
A health care arrangement in which patients pay an enrollment fee in order to receive care at a medical practice.
A popular term for greater health care access and service which may be purchased from a specialist for a concierge fee

concierge medicine

Medical practice in which a patient pays a physician in advance for unique, around-the-clock access to his or her professional services, without an intermediary such as an insurance company.
Synonym: boutique medicine; retainer medicine
See also: medicine
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A broader question is whether retainer medicine, especially if it gained much greater penetration or became a model for changes in the wider system, simply adds more costs to health care.
Retainer medicine can be seen as an expansion of supply, with more primary-care doctors distributed among the same number of patients.
I believe that retainer medicine would be the ideal model for many patients--but not all--in our crowded local charity and county hospitals.