For a fee, patients can enjoy care from a “concierge” doctor


Going to a boutique concierge doctor means no wait times, dayof appointments and practically 24-7 access to a doctor.

Dr. Rob Spiegel runs a boutique office in Birmingham. Spiegel says 15 years ago he started his medical career in a hospital but after about a decade he was ready for a change. He sought advice from fellow doctors who were already running their own private practice.

“They were all talking about how rushed their days are, how much they don’t have time to spend with patients,” explained Spiegel.

Spiegel says it’s a big issue on both ends of the healthcare spectrum.

“Everyone feels it’s too rushed,” he said.

He opted for a non-traditional practice. He now runs a boutique, or concierge medicine office.

“The biggest difference is the number of patients a doctor has. A traditional doctor may see a about 3,000 to 5,000 a year. Whereas in a traditional concierge practice, it caps at about 600,” he said.

Over the last decade there’s been a steady rise in doctors who turn to concierge medicine. According to the American Academy of Private Physicians, there are more than 4,400 of them in the United States.

The perks each one offers varies from practice to practice but the concept centers on convenience for patients and more face time with doctors.


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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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