Whether you’re considering making a change to a concierge medicine practice, or have already done so, we think you’ll find the conversation with Dr. Uday Jani, internist in Milton, DE, and Dr. Jeffrey Puglisi, internist at Glenville Medical Concierge Care in Greenwich, CT, a meaningful one. Radio Health Journal’s Reed Pence dug deep to explore why many primary care doctors, unhappy with “factory medicine,” have created concierge medicine practices in order to offer patients much longer appointments, greater access, and more personal care.
Pence spoke with both physicians about the importance of concierge medicine’s emphasis on preventive care.
Dr. Jani said: “The benefit of concierge medicine is that we can spend more time on prevention and wellness and those are the two things we are missing in America today. So what is happening is it has become, ‘What’s the problem? Here is a pill,’ that’s the philosophy we are running on…instead, it is about sitting with the patient and saying, ‘Let’s talk about your problems and let’s see what you are going to do for it.’ Because if I am going to just tell you, it’s not going to work, we need to partner and find out what you want to do for it.”
The prevention aspect of concierge medical care is the key to winning over regulators, businesses, and even young physicians, Dr. Puglisi told Reed Pence.
“If you can have conversations with insurers, with the federal government, and particularly with employers, to say to a small business owner or to a large employer that this type of medicine, this preventative aspect of medicine, having a relationship to a physician who is there for you 24/7 is really the way to do it. I think you can have more patients demand that this type of a practice exists. There’s no reason a concierge practice can’t be on every street corner in the future and then when you have a young physician who is looking down the road to what they’re going to do in the future, I think primary care becomes a huge option for them.”
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