A recent article in Medical Economics about the gaining popularity of “Membership Medicine”

This article from Medical Economics journal on 2/10/17 outlines why “membership medicine is gaining attention.”

It starts off with, “Physician practices described as “membership medicine” have been springing up across the country during the past decade. These practices, in which patients pay a monthly or annual retainer to their doctor or medical office for a contracted bundle of services, offer an alternative model for physicians who hope to spend less time on paperwork and more time with patients.”

It ends with, “Jani’s practice primarily attracts people like schoolteachers and bus drivers, and he doesn’t think doctors need to be in a high-income area to make a concierge practice work. “People who had to make some cuts [in spending] somewhere joined because they felt that their health was important to them,” he says. “I don’t think money is the issue.”

Those who practice membership medicine see a bright future for these practice models. “It’s the way of the future,” Wood says. “This is the only way to decrease costs and increase quality. We handle 80% to 90% of what people need on a daily basis.” 

And that’s why I opened a membership medical clinic/Direct Primary Care in Madison, Wisconsin. High value, low cost, convenient, relaxed, thorough, patient-centered, fun, serious-when-needed, evidence-based-medicine combined with warmth and love, with a holistic approach. When’s the last time you went to the doctor, walked into the office, and was greeted by the physician who offered to take your coat and offered you coffee, tea, or water? Then you sit in comfy chairs, enjoy your beverage, and the doctor listens while you explain what’s going on with you and what you’d like to happen. As you’re talking later, the doctor can work on any musculoskeletal component of your health concerns with some relaxing adjustments on the massage therapy table. All for less than the cost of your monthly cell phone bill. Where do I sign up? -Dr. Erica