Concierge medicine is a paid private health system that provides patients with additional benefits that are not available through traditional health insurance. Instead of relying on insurance, patients pay a direct fee to their doctor for their services. This fee allows for faster consultations, more personalized treatment, and more time with the doctor. It is an alternative to traditional primary care and is becoming increasingly popular as a way to receive better healthcare.At Cleveland Clinic Canada, our concierge medicine program offers patients personalized, direct access to a dedicated doctor and healthcare team 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
However, while concierge doctors offer useful primary care services, they are not a substitute for health insurance if you need to see a specialist or have a condition that requires treatment that your primary care doctor cannot provide. It has been almost 20 years since the first concierge medicine offices opened and it is still not a widely known or understood concept in the field of healthcare. However, if you are considering adding a concierge doctor to your team of healthcare providers, look for companies that promote the service as low-cost health insurance. At Cleveland Clinic Canada, all of our concierge medicine doctors and healthcare teams were selected for their skills, reputation, and commitment to providing compassionate, high-quality care.The most popular medical specialty in concierge medicine is internal medicine; family medicine is the second most popular specialty.
We believe that you can have a better healthcare experience if you choose concierge care, but you should understand the fees and limitations of the system before making your decision.