A recent survey of more than 13,500 physicians found that 6.8% of them would "embrace" direct pay or concierge medicine within the next three years. That includes 9.6% of practice owners, 7.7% of primary care physicians, and 6.4% of specialists, according to the survey conducted by physician recruiters Merritt Hawkins for The Physicians Foundation.
- Turning them into data entry serfs for government and other insurers
Some physicians, still small in numbers (6.8%), are deserting traditional practices to establish concierge practices. They say concierge medicine offers a simpler one-on-one relationship with patients removed from the complexities of health reform. What the future holds for most physicians - a public-private mx, team care, single provider, or single payer - remains undetermined.
Whether concierge medicine is finally ready for takeoff is not known at this point, but 77% of physicians are disenchanted with traditional practice and 58% would not recommend it as a career for their children.
1. The Physicians Foundation: A Survey of America's Practice Patterns and Perspectives, September 24, 2012
2. Kurt Mosley, Vice President, Strategic Alliances Merritt Hawkins/AMN Healthcare, A Presentation: Our Fragmented, Fragile Physicians: A Discussion on Cultivating Hospital-Physician Cooperation
3. John Commins, "Is Concierge Medicine Finally Ready for Take-Off?" HealthLeaders Media, January 18, 2013