What Is Concierge Care?
Concierge care is a form of personalized health care that places more emphasis on exceptional care than simply getting through as many patients as possible. Currently, this is still mostly the domain of the wealthy, but it's easy to see how this trend of personalized care could become more accessible to everyone — especially if businesses start picking up on it.
So you have a doctor on call — one who will really give you their full attention. Sounds great, right? It's not quite that simple, though. There are actually a few distinct kinds of concierge care. Let's break things down further.
The Different Types Of Concierge Healthcare
As of now, there four distinct models of concierge healthcare being practiced. These primary models of concierge health care are:
- Travel Medical Assistance - With travel medical assistance, you get personal access to a 24/7 hotline where you can ask questions and receive assistance when on the go.
- Private Health Advisories - Private health advisories give you access to personal meetings with a physician as well as access to electronic medical records.
- Private Physician Practice - Private physician practice gives you access to a physician on retainer. This allows you to receive a much higher level of personal interaction with your care provider.
- Total Care Platform - This is exactly what it sounds like. A comprehensive, personalized medical plan focused on patient outcome and longevity.
Each model of care is a step up from the last in terms of the level of care provided (as well as cost) — although it's important to note that should concierge care see widespread adoption, it may not necessarily take on any of these forms. Each model has its pros and cons, but are any of them really suitable in a business environment?
Is Concierge Healthcare Good For Business?
The truth is that consumers expect a lot more personalization from their services these days — and health care is no exception. They don't want to be just another face in the crowd of patients, they want individualized care that focuses on their unique physiology and works to provide them with the best possible outcomes. Traditional health care models that are more focused on throughput than patient outcome are a dying breed, and the trend of concierge healthcare reflects that.
You need satisfying health benefits in order to attract and retain the best talent. Looking into concierge healthcare — along with other alternative models — can help you craft a benefits package that pleases employees without breaking your budget.
Summerlin-Roberts are experts in healthcare cost containment. We will work with you to ensure that you can provide your employees with the best benefits at the lowest prices, resulting in happier employees and leaner budgets. For more information about providing affordable benefits that satisfy employees, please contact us today.