Top 5 Reasons Patients Choose Concierge Medicine
Pretty much everyone who thinks about switching to concierge medicine has something in common: They’re ready to ditch 7-minute medicine, so they start looking for alternatives to traditional primary care.
The question is, why now? Why is now the time to make the jump? While there are many reasons patients decide it's time to find a new primary care doctor, a few stand out, again and again, among our patients who’ve already made the switch. We want to share their themes with you.
We hope that hearing their rationale for moving to concierge medicine helps you reflect on your own thoughts and feelings, even if your motivations are uniquely your own. You might be surprised to know how many people have experiences like yours.
Let’s look at the 5 main reasons for joining a concierge practice.
1. They are a high achiever and enjoy the individualized care concierge medicine offers.
Some especially well-behaved people choose concierge care because their traditional doctor can’t keep up with their high-achievement lifestyle. They’re making healthy choices and setting personal goals. They’re learning about new technologies and treatments. They want a true partner for holistic self-care and their constant benchmarks.
A traditional doctor cannot see them long enough, or know them well enough, to be the teammate they need.
If you’re the type of informed consumer and health advocate who wants a proactive outlook, not a disaster relief mentality, from your physician, then you’re fitting in with many who choose concierge care.
2. They have an existing condition that requires attentive care.
Most people who choose concierge care share a frustration with 7-minute medicine. For some of them, that dissatisfaction rises so much that a change absolutely must happen, and quickly.
If you have a condition that necessitates a doctor’s in-depth attention, then 7-minute medicine is likely driving you crazy, bankrupt, or both. It’s not just that it’s not enough time to adequately discuss and manage your condition, it’s also that it’s just not convenient to be seen in the first place. You can’t afford to have to wait days or weeks for an appointment.
Concierge doctors have more time to look at the big picture of your health. It’s one of the major pros of concierge medicine. They can review your full list of medications and assess how they interact with one another. They can coordinate care with your other specialists and providers and investigate treatments, including new and cutting-edge methods.
Do you have a condition, whether chronic or complex, that requires a lot of contact with your physician? Are you in search of new solutions to a lingering problem? You’re in strong company with the many others who choose concierge medicine.
3. They experience a medical scare that creates urgency.
We find that plenty of people choosing concierge care came from a moment of reckoning. They have a jarring experience that makes them re-examine their decisions, including their physical wellness choices.
For some, a milestone birthday leads them to think about aging and death. For them, candles and cake represent an important time to invest in longevity.
For others, a scare comes from someone else’s health lapse. Their parents are suffering, and that struggle reminds them of worrisome aspects of their family medical history.
Or an acquaintance from long ago passes away suddenly. “If it can happen to them, it can happen to me,” the thinking goes. For others, a familiar celebrity gets sick or passes away, and the news reverberates in a way they never could have predicted.
These moments of reckoning make us want to protect ourselves — from our joints and bones to our sense of memory and life itself. If you’re having this experience, you’re not alone. It’s a common reason people look for doctors they can access often.
4. They’re done waiting.
The traditional primary care model is broken. There are fewer and fewer primary care doctors – The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates there will be a shortage of 21,400-525,200 primary care physicians by 2033 – caring for more and more patients.
That’s where the waiting comes in. You wait days or weeks for an appointment and then wait again the lobby or exam room, simply because your traditional primary care doctor is juggling 30-40 patients per day.
Many patients who switch to concierge medicine do so for the convenience. It removes the hassle of having to wait for an appointment when sick – most concierge practices guarantee you will be seen for acute care appointments either the same-day or the next-day.
Some reach their breaking point while waiting in the lobby or the exam room. You lead a busy life with family, work, and social responsibilities, and yet, it finally hits you – “why am I again waiting for what feels like forever in this lobby or exam room? I need better.”
And because concierge doctors see fewer patients for longer periods of time, they stay on schedule more often. Most concierge practices guarantee virtually no waiting in the lobby or exam room. If you’re appointment is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m., you can expect that you will be seen at 10:00 a.m. (or a few minutes after at the latest).
5. They want peace of mind – for themselves or their loved ones (or both).
COVID-19 has affected many things in our world. It brought the importance of preventive, convenient, personalized healthcare to the forefront.
Did you find yourself wondering who you would call for trustworthy guidance if you started showing symptoms? What about your loved ones – who would your children, your parents, your grandparents call?
For many, the deeper relationship with a physician and the 24/7 access to care provides peace of mind. You know you, or your loved ones, will get the care they need, when they need it, whether it’s the middle of the day or the middle of the night. And that can be invaluable.\
Take an active step today. Learn more about concierge medicine.
Do you hear echoes of your own feelings in these common themes? The patients we’re describing took the big step to improve their situation by moving to concierge care. What’s your next step?
One thing you can do right away is to get more information on concierge care. Download our free “Understanding Concierge Medicine” guide to understand features, fees, and other particulars of concierge care.