Concierge Medicine Offers Swift Access In Daytona Beach Florida

By  for news-journal, September 29th, 2013

As insurance companies have come to dominate health care services, frustrated doctors and patients have turned with increasing numbers to a different kind of practice known as concierge medicine.

“It’s a style of medicine where there is a relationship between the physician and patient. The patient gets an enhanced level of service for a retainer fee,” said Dr. Delicia Haynes, owner of Family First Health Center in Daytona Beach.

Haynes, a primary-care physician, describes her practice as a hybrid that includes concierge services and traditional primary family care.

“Concierge is for those, when something happens, who want assurance they can get to me, see me without delay,” she said.

Haynes is one of a small but growing number of physicians in the Volusia-Flagler area now offering concierge services.

delicia hayes concierge medicine daytona

Dr. Delicia M. Haynes, seen here recently in her office, is the owner of Family First Health Center in Daytona Beach. Haynes’ practice combines traditional family care and concierge services, a style of practice that, for a fee, provides patients with more personal service.

Concierge medicine has been around nationally since the late 1990s and was initially marketed to affluent patients. Fees were $10,000 and higher.

But, with annual fees now down below $2,000 a year, more people can afford it and more doctors are practicing concierge medicine, said Tom Blue, the former executive director and now chief strategy officer for the Virginia-based American Academy of Private Physicians.

“There are 5,500 private physicians in some form of concierge practice. That’s up 25 percent from a year ago and growing 25 percent a year the past couple of years,” Blue said. “The reality is independent practitioners and small groups of doctors in primary care are unsustainable in this environment without seeing patients faster and faster. They are then confronted with selling out to a hospital or changing their business model.”

In Daytona Beach, Haynes said for a fee of $3,000 a year, a concierge patient can call or email her 24 hours a day, seven days a week and get same-day or next-day appointments. The patient also pays, either through an insurance plan or out of pocket, for the medical services they receive.

Haynes caps the number of concierge patients at 50 in order to also have time for her more numerous traditional practice patients.

“For me, the decision to add concierge medicine three years ago was patient driven,” she said. “I have many busy professionals and they would have to take a day to get in to see me. They were asking me if there was another way to come in and see me when they needed to be see.”

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