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Rise in concierge care draws scrutiny
ABC News ^ | 05/09/2013 | Ali Gorman, R.N.

Posted on 05/11/2013 2:37:53 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen

When President Obama unveiled the Affordable Care Act, he said, "You won't lose your doctor." However, thousands in our area say they are because their doctors are changing their practice.

The doctors are switching to a concierge or boutique medical practice. --snip-- Dr. Lazowick says he wanted to get back to the reasons he became a doctor, which was difficult with the way healthcare is going.

He says, "I was on this conveyor belt where I was treating a problem moving to the next."

Dr. Lazowick is not alone. Many primary care doctors are taking this route. And the pace seems to be accelerating, with the approach of full implementation of healthcare reform in January 2014.

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KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; boutique; concierge; conciergecare; doctor; doctors; healthcare; obamacare
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1 posted on 05/11/2013 2:37:53 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen

My dad was an OB-GYN. He retired early in the ‘80s when the government started to interfere with his practice. I think that whirring sound I hear now is him spinning in his grave.


2 posted on 05/11/2013 2:43:59 PM PDT by American Quilter (I believe the Benghazi whistleblowers.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Great. Now we can go shopping and visit the doctor at the same time.


3 posted on 05/11/2013 2:44:09 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Wow, liberals get their hands on something and it immediately turns to cr@p? Who coulda seen this coming?


4 posted on 05/11/2013 2:46:13 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Kid Shelleen

My doctor of 20 years switched to ‘Concierge Medicine’ at the beginning of 2013


5 posted on 05/11/2013 2:46:58 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

he wanted to get back to the reasons he became a doctor, which was difficult with the way healthcare is going.

I’d be willing to pay more for doctor visits to home. Now that would be service. How much? Sign me up and bring me a half gallon of milk and a loaf of bread, okay?


6 posted on 05/11/2013 2:51:37 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: South Hawthorne

Well, I guess the doctors read the “you have to pass the bill to see what’s in it”, and decided to take action.

Unintended consequences anyone???


7 posted on 05/11/2013 2:52:07 PM PDT by Ed Condon (Give 'em a heading, an altitude, and a reason.)
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To: Ed Condon

Are you sure the consequences were unintended?


8 posted on 05/11/2013 2:54:59 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Kid Shelleen

This is no surprise to this retired physician. But it seems to be a bit of a surprise to the R.N. who wrote the article. Obamacare will drive primary care physicians to concierge practice, but this article fails to point this out.


9 posted on 05/11/2013 2:59:29 PM PDT by conservativehistorian (civilizational suicide continues)
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To: Kid Shelleen

The Democrats will find ways to punish these doctors. The mechanisms they can employ are numerous.


10 posted on 05/11/2013 2:59:50 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: UCANSEE2
"Now we can go shopping and visit the doctor at the same time. "

More like you can now go to the DMV and wait for your doctor along with waiting for your plate.

11 posted on 05/11/2013 3:03:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kid Shelleen

The libtard assclowns always seem to be surprised that people change their behavior when the rules are changed ... idiots!


12 posted on 05/11/2013 3:03:56 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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The doctor that I had for over 10 years was switching to concierge care a few years ago, so I considered it. However, she was also in favor of Obamacare....so much so that she was one of the physicians in the Rose Garden with Obama....and the only one from Arizona. I dropped her services right before that, but I still don’t understand how she could be in favor of both Obamacare and concierge care.


13 posted on 05/11/2013 3:11:53 PM PDT by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby. LIFB.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

actually, this sounds like a bargain, I am going to look at signing up


14 posted on 05/11/2013 3:13:32 PM PDT by dila813
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Soon enough we’ll see the IRS change their regulations such that “concierge service” will result in some sort of reduced fees and/or higher taxes. Also, “concierge” and “service” will be cause for more scrutiny of tax returns.


15 posted on 05/11/2013 3:16:34 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: conservativehistorian

It’s very, very sad, but the day will soon come when doctors are compelled by the government to practice medicine as the government sees fit.

Even just quitting the practice of medicine will be illegal without gov OK.

Doctors will even have to get permission to move to a new location, or to leave the country.... I know it sounds crazy but unless something happens to change our direction this is what will happen.


16 posted on 05/11/2013 3:17:38 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Pointing out a symptom, but never seeking (let alone finding) the problem.

0bama and his minions are achieving their goal with the American healthcare system. It has always been about control, and that comes with single-payer. 0bamacare is only the stepping stone to the fully socialized model envisioned by the commie-in-chief.


17 posted on 05/11/2013 3:18:18 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: South Hawthorne

They’re worried this will turn out to be the “haves and have nots”. Unintended consequences.


18 posted on 05/11/2013 3:18:29 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Ed Condon

I have been seeing my local internist for almost six years now at a reduced fee for cash. No paper, no electronic medical records, it’s been great.

Our local Walgreen’s has a clinic staffed by PA’s - asks questions, fills in the blank with pt’s answers and out pops the diagnosis and treatment plan. Was there last night because the little one had an ice cream crisis and it’s just right around the corner. At 7 p.m. there were at least 14 people waiting to be seen. They announced they were closing for the day over the PA and suggested that the people go to the nearest emergency room or come back the next morning at 9 a.m. Welcome to the new standard of medical care.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the concierge docs in the future are subjected to: Denial of state licensure, no prescriptions filled if written by a doctor on the “not Obamacare approved list”, hospital stays for their patients would not be approved, lab tests would not be performed by outside labs, etc.

Obama and Sect. Sillybus are not going to allow this amount of independence.


19 posted on 05/11/2013 3:18:50 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Are you sure the consequences were unintended?

Bingo! As far as I can see this will allow the class warrior in chief to say See!? Those dirty, greedy BASTARDS!!


20 posted on 05/11/2013 3:22:41 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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