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How does concierge medicine differ from a traditional medical practice?

Concierge medicine differs from a traditional medical practice in that it is limited to a very small practice as opposed to a typical 3,000 to 4,000 patient load of many traditional medical practices. This allows doctors to know patients and their medical histories very well and treat them more appropriately and effectively. Patients can reach the doctor 24/7 with the concierge model.

Dr. Gary W. Dorshimer, MD
Internist

A typical, successful internal medicine practice has several thousand patients and increasingly busy schedules that limit the time a physician has to spend with each patient. Concierge care practices have a smaller patient base and afford you the opportunity to spend more one-on-one time with your doctor. This quality time translates to you receiving more individualized care services like preventive care counseling and short- and long-term wellness planning.

What separates concierge medicine from traditional medical practice, or standard health care, is the time doctors are able to spend with their patients. Doctors will incorporate ancillary services, some coordinated care with specialists and more integrated care with those specialists, meaning the doctor would be able to pick up the phone and talk to the specialists about the care models they're delivering. At times, the doctor may even go to the specialist visits with that patient so that they're both on the same page in regards to delivering proper care to that individual.

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