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Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 3/24/2010 | 1 Comment

Here's an interesting recent development in the medical field:  concierge medicine.

This is how it works:  Patients pay an annual fee to a concierge doctor.  This entitles you to access the physician's services with the guarantee that the doctor will limit the number of patients that he or she serves.  

In addition, you're promised 24/7 care; same-day appointment services; personal attention, with lengthy appointments; and house calls, if you prefer them to office visits.  

Is this the future of medicine?  Or is it the way medicine was delivered in the "good old days?"  What about the argument that this is the kind of medicine that only the rich can afford?  And, perhaps the best question is this one:  Why isn't all medicine provided this way?

Here's an insight from a recent Newsweek article: 

But is this really the best medical care? Or is it an appeal to narcissism—luxury in medical trappings? Patients do benefit when docs take time to sit down and listen to them. (Would that we all got such attention.)