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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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Concierge Medicine Founder Celebrates 18 Years of Innovation, CONCIERGE Med.
When the recession of 2008 hit, Qamar and his wife, a family physician, began experimenting with affordable alternatives to concierge medicine, eventually settling on the direct primary care model that became MedLion in 2009.
At the bottom line, concierge medicine is a product of the fight between some physicians, some health care executives, and the government over who will control the flow of patients and dollars spent on medical services.
ColoradoBiz reached out to one of the largest health insurance providers in Colorado and in the nation, Cigna HealthCare, and in response to a question on the company's take to concierge medicine we received the following statement via e-mail from spokesman Mark Slitt:
Whether the plan leads to change or not, LaGrelius said concierge medicine will become an affordable model for most Americans.
Telemedicine is the way to go for Concierge Medicine.
Companies increasingly are marketing to this rising demographic, fueling a surge of ''mass luxury'' products and services from premium Starbucks coffee and organic groceries to concierge medicine and VIP lanes at airports.
Concierge medicine typically pertains to "family-practice" medicine for routine care--checkups, stitches, drug prescriptions, nutrition advice, and the like--as opposed to specialized care such as heart surgery or MRI scans.
What I like about the concierge medicine practice model is that it is a business model that supports spending more time with patients.
As the debate about health care reform continues, one concept springing up from the private sector is concierge medicine.
Like old-fashioned doctors, this private practice internist who opened one of the first concierge medicine practices in 2000 practices fee-for-service medicine.
DALLAS -- Physicians in retainer practices are reporting better quality of care and fewer hassles, but the new approach is not without its flaws, according to a survey presented at a national conference on concierge medicine.