I received a card from my primary care doctor today. He has acquired a new name. Now he is called The Medical Group of South Florida.
In the card, the good doctor is quoted as follows:
"The time I spend with a patient is the most vital ingredient of excellence in medical practice. There are no shortcuts or substitutions."
That quote is followed by this statement:
We are living in a time of extraordinary medical technological advances. I strongly believe that we are losing ground on the other important side of the medical balance, the personal touch or human side.That is why I will now concentrate on a smaller number of patients called Concierge Medicine.
I look forward to you becoming part of the exciting times in our relationship.
This is followed by a list of services that will be part of Concierge Medicine.
Same day appointments, if needed.
Patients have 24/7 access to the doctor.
Minimal office waits.
The cost per person is $3000.00. Per couple $5000.00.
that's one way to reduce the workload. Separate the wealthy from the not-so-wealthy.
The gentrification of our social structure continues apace.