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New Cleveland Clinic Florida program … 300 patients willing to pay $333 a month — over and above each member’s normal health insurance or Medicare coverage — for an added layer of attention and treatment.

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Although the definition of concierge medicine varies, it typically refers to an arrangement between a patient and a primary care physician in which a patient pays an annual fee in exchange for more personalized access. Several models offer longer visits and faster appointments, including same-day visits. Providers typically do not accept health insurance, and fees are charged for additional services such as diagnostic tests. ~Sun Sentinel; Cleveland Clinic Florida offers ‘concierge medicine’ — for $4,000 a year; January 22, 2018

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In an emailed statement, Cleveland Clinic Florida’s president, Dr. Wael Barsoum, said exploration of a concierge medicine program began in 2016 “at the request of many of our patients.”

By Ron Hurtibise | Sun Sentinel | Florida

JAN 22, 2018 – Would you pay $4,000 a year for “consistent, comprehensive medical care to meet your specific healthcare needs and goals”? How about for “the ability to reach your physician 24 hours a day, 365 days a year”? Cleveland Clinic Florida is betting its new Concierge Medicine program will attract at least 300 patients willing to pay $333 a month — over and above each member’s normal health insurance or Medicare coverage — for an added layer of attention and treatment.

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SOURCE: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-cleveland-clinic-concierge-medicine-20180122-story.html

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