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sbl_admin 09-14-2007 08:46 AM

"Boutique Health Care" - $1500 + Annually
Although most of us balk at the idea of paying even higher rates for health care, a growing number of people choose to shell out hundreds more -- and actually like the idea.

Texasbelle 09-14-2007 10:17 AM

This is already being done in Shreveport by one physician that I know of. There are actually more reasons for it other than what I saw listed. A big reason that was not mentioned is how hard it is for some of these primary care physicians to take care of some of these patients on the pitiful amount of money that Medicare pays them and other insurers as well. Physicians now have so many burden s placed on them with documentation requirements by Medicare, HIPAA issues, and the such that increase their costs but yet payments to them remain low which do not cover the increasesd overhead. It's no wonder many are now turning to concierge medicine which also gives the patient better services.

My own physician is a concierge physician and I pay extra yearly for her services. Trust me, when you have a migraine it is great to have her cell phone number!

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