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Concierge Doctors Offer Amenities, But Also Limited Services

Concierge medicine – a growing trend – lets doctors tailor services to patients and avoid the hassles of dealing with insurance companies, but the services are substitutes for health insurance in most cases, Forbes reports. Concierge doctors often offer more services, such as home visits, longer appointments, and round-the-clock availability to their members, who pay regular dues for physician care that range from $1,000 to $20,000 a year. But, the services do not cover the costs of hospitalization or specialists, and concierge patients could find themselves on the hook for thousands of dollars if they become ill and don't also carry health insurance (Gobel, 2/24).

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