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Who Will Embrace Concierge Medicine?


Posted by Anonymous at 11/1/2012 11:36:40 AM
By Phillip Miller 

Which types of physician will embrace a cash only or “concierge” style of practice over the next several years?

  
A national survey of physicians that Merritt Hawkins recently completed on behalf of The Physicians Foundation sheds some light on this question.  The survey garnered responses from some 14,000 physicians, who revealed a wide range of information regarding their morale, practice metrics and practice plans.  Physicians were asked what changes they plan to make in their practices over the next one to three years.  Close to seven percent of all physicians indicated they plan to switch to a concierge practice.
    
The chart below shows the responses for different physician categories:
 
Physicians Concierge Medicine
 
It is interesting to note that physician practice owners are more likely to embrace concierge medicine than other types of physicians, presumably because they have an entrepreneurial mindset.
 
Certain states, such as Texas, Florida, and New York, appear to have either a proportionally higher number of entrepreneurial physicians or to have practice environments likely to motivate doctors to switch to concierge medicine.
 
It is evident that thousands of physicians will embrace concierge practice over the next several years.  How will this affect quality of care and access to care?  I would be interested in hearing your comments.  In addition, those who would like a copy of “A Survey of America’s Physicians” are welcome to email me at phil.miller@amnhealthcare.com.
 
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Phillip Miller is Vice President of Communications for Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care, companies of AMN Healthcare.

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