The Trump administration could make fee-based doctors more affordable for seniors
- Concierge medicine and other fee-based primary care practices make up less than 10 percent of physician practices.
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services put out a request for information to health-care providers to see how the Trump administration could help fund access to some fee-based practices for Medicare patients.
- Medicare has been trying to move toward paying doctors for better health outcomes, rather than for the number of procedures they perform.
Tim O’Connor tries to keep himself active in retirement, teaching English as a second language to adults in New York City, and staying fit to ward off health problems. “I don’t have a great cardiac family history in my family,” the retired attorney explained. When his longtime doctor converted to a concierge medicine practice with a $2,100 annual fee per person, Tim and his wife decided they’d pay to keep their doctor. It was a decision they weighed carefully, now that they’re on a fixed income.