You’re a primary care doctor, and you’re exploring a switch to concierge medicine. The traditional model isn’t working for you – the insurance headaches, the panel so big that you’re afraid you’re missing the mark on great care, the constant pressure to keep the lights on and the business afloat.
When exploring potential careers as a primary care doctor, you may stumble upon a debate between traditional primary care and concierge medicine. What’s the difference?
Since PartnerMD’s founding in 2003, we’ve grown from one concierge doctor in Richmond, VA, to more than 25 concierge doctors in offices throughout Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, and Georgia. Along the way, we’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to hiring concierge doctors.
You are a primary care doctor. Whether your specialty is internal medicine or family, you are fed up with the traditional primary care model. You’re tired of worrying you might be missing something when you rush through 30-40 patients a day. You’re tired of trying to provide amazing care to an overloaded, 3,000 patient panel. You’re tired of having just enough time to diagnose, write a prescription, and move on. And you’re tired of not really knowing your patients. You love being a doctor, but not like this. This is not how you envisioned practicing medicine.
Concierge medicine is still a fairly young concept, but it’s changed dramatically from its more luxurious beginnings. Unfortunately, as the concierge model has evolved, many doctors’ beliefs about it haven’t.
Since concierge medicine started in Seattle in 1996, the model has grown for many reasons. For one, primary care doctors practicing in the traditional model are increasingly frustrated by a system that constrains patient care.