What is Concierge Medicine?
Concierge Medicine, also called retainer medicine, offers a higher degree of attention and an enhanced level of care when compared to traditional Family Medicine offered through a Primary Care practice.
This increased quality of service is possible because unlike in a traditional Primary Care practice, where a doctor comes in and out of the office and back and forth between patients, Concierge Medicine always offers a dedicated one on one appointment with your doctor, where you are their sole focus of attention, and they are not bouncing around between patients.
The History of Concierge Medicine
Concierge Medicine is a fairly new addition to the world of modern medicine. Practices started opening in Seattle during the 1990’s, and between 2010 and 2014 the number of concierge medicine practices more than doubled from 5000 to 12000 across the United States.
This type of medicine is gaining popularity as more and more individuals decide they want more control over their treatments, and want a more personal touch when it comes to their health and well being.
What about a Primary Care Practice?
Appointments at primary care practices are often severely limited in scheduling because insurance takes a long time to clear and authorize appointments. This restricts when you can actually schedule an appointment, and often you have to wait weeks before you can go into the doctor's office. For many patients, just getting an appointment is a struggle, but the problems do not stop there.
Have you ever finally gotten an appointment and gone in to see your doctor, and had to sit around in a waiting room for what seems like forever to actually be seen?
Have you ever felt frustrated that even when you are finally fetched by the nurse, and told to wait in the doctors’ office, it can take quite a while until the doctor actually comes in? Even then, after all that waiting, they seem to only even attend to you for a couple minutes, and then they are out the door again, and onto another patient.
Communication is often minimal between the practitioner and patient, and can leave you unsatisfied,and with more questions then you came in with.
This kind of frustration is almost universal among patients, and almost synonymous with Family Medicine and primary care practices. A US study found that 61% or tertiary hospital patients waited between an hour and a half to two hours to be seen, and 36% spent less than 5 minutes with the doctor after that wait, Concierge medicine is the solution to solve these headaches and frustrations.
Why is Concierge Medicine Beneficial?
Concierge medicine offers unique benefits because it is considered to be a cut above Family Medicine. It can be considered as the “VIP” experience of medicine. Offering a dedicated window where the doctor has no other patients, this type of medicine allows for a more enhanced level of care, and time where you can ask questions, and make the most effective use out of your time in the office.
Additionally, because this type of medicine is a cash based service, you do not have to jump through the hoops setup by insurance companies, and can be seen as soon as your schedule allows. If you want to be seen right away without the hassle of scheduling and long waits, Concierge medicine may be right for you.
The dedicated, distraction free time allows your doctor to fully understand your symptoms, and the causes behind them. This knowledge is imperative for your doctor to have, so they can create a course of action and treatment plan personalized to you specific needs, and desired end goals.
Who specifically is it for?
Concierge Medicine is for any patient who wants more control over their time spent in a doctors office. From scheduling and administrative assistance, to better and more personal interactions and communication with the practitioner, this style of medicine has many benefits.
Any patient that desires a more personalized approach to their treatment and wants a closer relationship with their doctor should research concierge medicine, and learn how the higher level of care can better benefit them.
What do we offer here at TMS?
TMS Health and Wellness primarily specializes in homeopathic treatments for mental disorders, however we also offer accommodations for patients who desire to engage in a concierge medicine relationship.
Doctor Eppele, in addition to running her TMS practice, also offers concierge medicine care relationships for patients who desire a better standard for treatment, and want attentive, personal interactions with their doctor.
During your first consultation, we will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan suited specifically to your needs. We do this because we believe that there is no such thing as a one size fits all solution to mental health.
Concierge appoints typically range from an hour to an hour and a half. We have found this length of time optimal for a complete understanding of where a patient is coming from,and how to move forward with a unique treatment regimen.
What Does a Treatment Plan Consist of Like?
Your plan will be developed from both a traditional primary care perspective, as well as a mental health perspective.
Utilizing Dr. Eppele’s specialized Homeopathic treatment experience, we consider your micro nutrient levels, take hormonal tests, and provide adrenal support, all based off your specific needs to get your body detoxed, and to a point where it can begin the natural healing process.
In order to treat mental health, we use the latest in Neurofeedback (EEG) technology to understand your brain and its chemistry, and determine what other treatment avenues are going to be most effective based on your pre-dispositions. We also utilize a functional MRI to track progress, and better offer a customized treatment experience.
Is Concierge Medicine Right For You?
If you are unhappy with your current health care providers long wait times, and lack of focus during appointments and treatments, and are interested in the higher level of enhanced care offered by concierge medicine: contact TMS Health and Wellness today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eppele, and setup a personalized treatment plan so that we can take better care of you, and start you on the journey to recovery.