The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a dramatic increase in the use of telemedicine, or virtual doctor visits that give you access to care right in your own home, without the need to travel to a doctor’s office. But the pandemic also helped facilitate a steep rise in concierge medicine, or personalized medical care that offers a myriad of significant benefits.
In Monterey, California, Salutem Bio-Performance, Inc., is a leader in concierge medicine services, helping patients enjoy truly individualized medical care based on their unique health needs. If you’re not sure whether concierge medicine is right for you, here are five major benefits you should consider.
Your medical needs don’t follow a clock. But getting care or guidance when you really need it isn’t always easy with traditional healthcare, especially when you only have “direct” access to your doctor for your office visit. Yes, you can call the office. But typically, your messages reach your provider indirectly. Actual one-on-one time is typically relegated to your occasional office visits.
With concierge care, you have far greater access to your health care provider. That includes more frequent office visits, telehealth visits, and regular, direct phone contact with your doctor when you need it. In fact, many patients who choose concierge care say that easy, enhanced communication is one of its greatest advantages.
Did you know the average doctor visit is less than 20 minutes long? That’s not much time to have your evaluation, discuss any symptoms or concerns you may have, and map out a care plan to help you stay healthy.
Many patients find they feel rushed during their doctor’s appointment, but guess what? It’s not your doctor’s fault — the standard 15-minute health care visit is actually encouraged by most insurance providers, which base their bottom line on patient volume.
With concierge medicine, you don’t have to worry about what an insurance company says or thinks about your personal health. Your office visits last as long as it takes to provide you with the care you need, give you detailed answers for your health and medical concerns, and go over any recommended treatments or lifestyle changes at length.
That includes time for an in-depth exam, plenty of time to talk to your provider, and the opportunity to gather important information about lifestyle changes and care plan options to help optimize your future health, too.
For optimal healthcare, it’s essential to build a strong bond with your care provider. After all, you need to be able to trust your provider and feel secure in sharing personal health and lifestyle information with them, and you also need to trust and feel confident in the care they provide.
As anyone knows, building trust takes time. Longer office visits and greater access to your provider lay the groundwork for a deeper, more trusting bond between you and your provider — a bond that forms the foundation for more meaningful care based on your lifestyle, your health history, and other personal factors.
Concierge care doesn’t just give you expanded access to your care provider. It grants you faster access, too.
Doctors’ offices strive to minimize patient waiting time. But with so many patients seeking care, it’s only natural that most patients are going to have to spend some time in the waiting room — and often more time in the exam room — before they see their doctor. That doesn’t even include the time spent just waiting for their appointment day to roll around.
In fact, it probably won’t surprise you to find that for most patients, wait time typically exceeds the actual one-on-one time patients have with their providers. One study found an average doctor visit takes about 87 minutes — about 15-18 minutes with the provider, with the rest of that time spent waiting.
With concierge care, you don’t have to worry about long wait times. Your visits are prioritized, and you have expanded access to office hours, too.
With under 20 minutes for an average visit, there’s barely enough time to be evaluated and receive care for any pressing symptoms. That leaves very little time for discussing what you can (and should) do to stay healthy until your next visit, not to mention time to carve out an action plan.
Because concierge care allows more time for each visit, your provider has ample opportunity to focus on you as a whole person, without simply relying on an overview of your symptoms and risk factors. That makes concierge care an ideal option for anyone with a complex or chronic disease, as well as anyone who wants to do all they can to stay healthy as they get older.
These are five of the biggest benefits of concierge medicine, but most people find concierge care benefits them in many other ways, too. To learn more about the concierge medicine services at Salutem Bio-Performance, Inc., call 831-293-8659 today, or use our easy online booking feature to schedule a visit with one of our seasoned providers any time.