In the next few weeks we will be featured in "The City" El Paso Magazine. Here is a glimpse.
Here's the real story--I am an internal medicine doctor...
About 6 years ago I joined a private practice. After working like a fiend seeing 30+ patients a day, I decided to change my practice. I became a "Private Physician". This is sometimes called "Concierge Medicine" (although I don't like this term much).
This is how my practice used to be (and how most visits to the doctor are still):
--3-4 month waiting list for an appointment
--patients would get to see me for 10-20 minutes at the most
--patients would often wait for an hour or more for me in the lobby
--physical examinations were limited in scope
--I was not able to follow my patients in the hospital
--my staff had to protect me from hundreds of messages and phone calls, they actually formed a barrier between me and my patients to try and protect my time
--there was not enough time to do all of the things necessary for patients
I tried my best but the reality was it was not the best care.
This is how it is now:
--every patient has my personal cell number and email
--most visits are 45 to 90 minutes long
--patients' time is valuable and we make the wait short (usually less than 10 minutes)
--same day appointments for acute care--most of my patients do not have to use urgent care centers because they can be seen or can speak to me directly 24 hours a day 7 days a week
--questions answered in real time
--a comprehensive physical examination with a wellness report for every patient
--an "Executive Physical" for upper Tier patients that is based on the same physical done at the Mayo Clinic and Cooper Clinic
--These Executive Physicals cost $2500 or more. My upper Tier patients pay far less than this AND they have a private doctor who is on call for them 24/7
--I am able to take care of my patients if they are hospitalized
Each of my patients now receives the very best care I am capable of providing.
The cost of this program starts at $69 per month
I feel this is the future of medicine. I believe that patients taken care of in this manner will live longer and healthier lives. This is truly an investment in a person's future health. If you think about all the things we spend money on, for the cost of basic cable or cell phone service, you can safeguard the most important thing--health.