Want more time, attention from a doctor?

Dr. Mark O. Carlson of Siouxland Adult Medicine in Sioux City is practicing medicine the way he has always wanted that allows him to spend more time with his patients and provide more personalized healthcare.

Carlson, a board-certified internal medicine specialist, is one of a rising number of doctors who have switched from traditional private practice to concierge medicine, a model that charges patients an annual fee in return for more personalized time and attention.

Personalized healthcare is practiced by 5,000 physicians nationwide,  mainly on the East and West coasts, and in larger cities. Concierge medicine was started in the 1990s in Seattle as an innovative way to deal with rising costs and shrinking insurance reimbursements, allowing physicians to limit their number of patients, while being reimbursed higher on the fewer patients they serve.

Carlson switched to concierge medicine last fall after working a grueling schedule for many years.  He was medical director of the Hospitalist program that he started in 2006 at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center – now UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s, where he was on call 80 to 140 hours a week. In 2008, Carlson opened his own medical practice, Siouxland Adult Medicine clinic, in Physician Center One, where he was working on alternating weeks. He cared for a large internal medicine population, and performed executive physicals for two large companies and the Police Department.

“I could not sustain that workload as a physician,” said Carlson. “My passion has always been preventative healthcare. I decided if I was going to do the best job, I needed more time to address all of a patient’s problems at any given visit and afford more access to me in emergency situations.”

Carlson is one of the first to open a preventative healthcare clinic in the Midwest. For an annual fee of $1,500, Carlson’s patients can have access to him 24/7.

“I give my patients access to me after hours by cellphone and by email. Generally, patients don’t abuse it. If something is going wrong, I would rather hear about it sooner than later,” he said.

For Carlson, the decision to switch to concierge medicine was based on his desire to make his own decisions on what constitutes quality care.

find out more about what Dr. Carlson has to say about his practice here

About Concierge Medicine Journal

Concierge Medicine Journal (CMJ) curates breaking concierge medicine news, and editorial opinion on a wide variety of topics relevant to the practice of Concierge Medicine.

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