WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CONCIERGE MEDICINE INTERNIST VS A GENERAL PRACTITIONER?
Many people avoid going to the doctor because of the stigmas associated with the traditional healthcare model. For many individuals, there are barriers to going to the doctor, such as the lack of health insurance and the hassle of going to the doctor. Let’s take a look at how a membership-based concierge internal medicine service can make seeing a doctor more convenient.
BENEFIT #1: AN INTERNIST CAN PROVIDE MORE ATTENTION AND BETTER INFORMATION
According to a 2007 Health Services Research report, the average doctor visit lasted under sixteen minutes, with only about five minutes being spent on the most important healthcare topic of concern. A concierge internal medicine service allows patients to receive longer patient visits, making sure that they get more personalized attention from their doctor.
BENEFIT #2: A MEMBERSHIP-BASED INTERNIST CAN SEE YOU QUICKER
According to a recent survey, in some of the largest metropolitan areas, it can take longer than two weeks to schedule an appointment with a doctor. With Insight Life Care™, you can get access to a doctor within 24 hours.
BENEFIT #3: SEE A DOCTOR EVERYTIME, NOT A SUBSTITUTE
While nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants are skilled healthcare providers, they are not always an appropriate substitute for a seasoned internist. The average nurse practitioner has about 10 years’ worth of experience, whereas an internist has spent between 3 and 7 years (perhaps even longer) after graduating from medical school receiving specialized training to advance their standard of care.
BENEFIT #4: A MEMBERSHIP-BASED CONCIERGE INTERNIST CAN REDUCE HEALTHCARE COST
At Insight Life Care, membership pricing starts at $150 per month. An emergency room visit, on the other hand, can cost as much as $400 if you can’t get an appointment with a general practitioner right away. Most ER visits, as many as 75%, could be dealt with in a less intensive setting.
BENEFIT #5: MEMBERSHIP-BASED CONCIERGE INTERNAL MEDICINE IS MORE PERSONALIZED
Many people, when visiting their general practitioner, simply do not like the rushed, impersonable experience. Some patients avoid seeing a general practitioner because:
- They feel like the practitioner does not communicate well.
- They feel that the practitioner does not listen to their concerns.
- The fear of being misdiagnosed or prescribed the wrong medication.
Insight Life Care offers a membership-based internal medicine service, which makes regular communication between the doctor and patient a constant, thus increasing the patient’s confidence in their doctor-patient relationship.
BENEFIT #6: AMEMBERSHIP-BASED CONCIERGE INTERNAL MEDICINE IS MORE CONVENIENT
Many people, especially in their 30s, do not see a doctor because it’s not convenient for their lifestyle. The most common avoidances for scheduling regular appointments include having to take time off work, an appointment not being readily available, and other lifestyle factors. A membership-based internal medicine service makes healthcare more convenient. Some options not available with a general practitioner include:
- Getting access to the same doctor that understands the patient’s healthcare history.
- Being seen by a doctor via telehealth.
- Getting access to a doctor within 24 hours.
- Longer appointments where a patient can have more of their healthcare concerns heard.