are typically two primary types of concierge medicine
business models practiced today. Variations of these
models exist, although the average fee ranges from
$1,500 - $1,800 per year. Most models usually fall
into one of the following categories.
FOR CARE MODEL
('FFC' or 'Retainer')
annual retainer model, where a patient pays a monthly
fee, quarterly or annual retainer fee to the physician.
The retainer fee covers most services provided by
the physician in his/her office. Often, vaccinations,
lab work, x-rays and other services are excluded and
charged for separately.
and services typically included in the contract between
the physician and patient may include: same
day access to your doctor; immediate cell phone and
text messaging to your doctor; unlimited office visits
with no co-pay; little or no waiting time in the office;
focus on preventive care; unhurried atmosphere; free
cell phone, text message and online consultations,
prescription refills; convenient appointment scheduling
FFC or Retainer plans may be purchased with pre-tax
dollars utilizing HSA and/or FSA accounts attached
to patients' insurance plans. Please note, these programs
are not an insurance company or product. Each patient
should check with their physician to find out what
services are included in their individual membership.
These are only examples of some of the typical services
FOR NON-COVERED SERVICES BUSINESS MODEL (Hybrid)
Hybrid concierge medicine practice is where physicians
charge a monthly, quarterly or annual retainer or
membership fee for services that Medicare and insurers
won't pay for. These services include: email access;
phone consultations; newsletters; annual physical,
prolonged visits and comprehensive wellness and evaluations
plans. They bill Medicare and insurance companies
for patient visits and services covered by the plans.