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Old Yesterday, 01:25 PM
 
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I am considering a concierge/direct care physician. Basically, you pay a monthly fee for your primary care doctor for 24/7 access to the doctor. The doctor can spend a lot more time with each patient with this type of care. Since they don't bill insurance, the doctor can determine what type of tests and care are needed rather than being dictated to by an insurance company.

I am wondering if anyone has any experiences, good or bad, with this type of doctor?
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Old Yesterday, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I would guess that people with a lot of health issues that need to see doctors often would benefit, but not me. When I feel I need to see my doc I make appt and that's usually once a year NOW...been the route of doctors for a lot of years....trying to find answers...
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Old Yesterday, 02:35 PM
 
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jaminhealth, so your experience with a concierge/direct care physician wasn't good?

I'm interested in these answers too, thanks for posting!
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Old Yesterday, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I am considering a concierge/direct care physician. Basically, you pay a monthly fee for your primary care doctor for 24/7 access to the doctor. The doctor can spend a lot more time with each patient with this type of care. Since they don't bill insurance, the doctor can determine what type of tests and care are needed rather than being dictated to by an insurance company.

I am wondering if anyone has any experiences, good or bad, with this type of doctor?
So would the types of tests and care needed be covered by insurance?
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Old Yesterday, 03:14 PM
 
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I am considering a concierge/direct care physician. Basically, you pay a monthly fee for your primary care doctor for 24/7 access to the doctor. The doctor can spend a lot more time with each patient with this type of care. Since they don't bill insurance, the doctor can determine what type of tests and care are needed rather than being dictated to by an insurance company.

I am wondering if anyone has any experiences, good or bad, with this type of doctor?
The ones I know bill ins just like any dr. How much they pay attention to what your ins co mandates, I don’t know. I suggest you clarify it with the drs office.
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Old Yesterday, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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jaminhealth, so your experience with a concierge/direct care physician wasn't good?

I'm interested in these answers too, thanks for posting!
I thought my reply was clear, it was NOT good or bad as I never went that route. Would not ever go there. I do enough of my own research and healing attempts.
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Old Yesterday, 03:40 PM
 
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So...you have nothing relevant that addresses the OP’s inquiry. Why do you constantly try to highjack threads with your agenda?
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Old Yesterday, 03:55 PM
 
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So...you have nothing relevant that addresses the OP’s inquiry. Why do you constantly try to highjack threads with your agenda?



I couldn't rep you again! But I sure would like to see a good answer to your question


Staying on topic, for OP:


Yep, you have a doc if you need him/her. But, really why pay out of pocket for what insurance covers when you don't need it?


I know of 2 Concierge offices here in town and have 5-6 friends who use them


All have said at the end of this year, they will stop. They are paying docs up front plus still have to carry insurance in case of tests or hospitalizations. All said that they are fed up with the expense. Also said, once out of this plan, even if they cant get 24 hr access, there is still Urgent Care that is covered by insurance
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Old Yesterday, 03:56 PM
 
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I thought my reply was clear, it was NOT good or bad as I never went that route. Would not ever go there. I do enough of my own research and healing attempts.
I got confused since you replied when the OP was looking for pros/cons on this. I thought since you replied that you had been to one of these doctors. My mistake. So sorry!
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Old Yesterday, 04:14 PM
 
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I got confused since you replied when the OP was looking for pros/cons on this. I thought since you replied that you had been to one of these doctors. My mistake. So sorry!
I thought I gave my con, but so many others don't think so. I told WHY one would want this type system. good grief. I take it all back -- I have no experience. I hope OP will get other's experiences, waiting to read some.

So mike1003 are you saying you have used this type service?
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