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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Is My Dr. The Only One Doing This? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 7/28/12 11:18 AM

Our attorney does this, but the Dr???

He has been leaning toward supplements for a few years and now has changed the name of his practice to Good Medicine.

If your prescription refills run out before your next visit, he will not approve the refill unless you have paid an annual fee of $125 per patient, or double that for family.

We go in every 6-months for a check-up and the only reason this came up is because he did not give us the right number of refills to hold over until the next visit, which will be in a few days.

Monday, I will be calling to see if other doctors in our area are doing this and if not, we will be switching general practitioners.

None of the specialists we see are doing this.

Anyone else experience such an arrangement for medical care?

We have Medicare and supplemental insurance any always pay our out-of-pocket promptly.

Is this going to be the way of the future?

ETA this PS: We were his first patients when he opened his office in our town 15 years.




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Date: 7/28/12 11:24 AM

My doctor does not charge a retainer fee. Never heard of it before.

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Date: 7/28/12 11:27 AM

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If your prescription refills run out before your next visit, he will not approve the refill unless you have paid an annual fee of $125 per patient, or double that for family.


I have never heard of a doctor doing this. Is it a fee to hold your place as a patient? Is the fee used for the office visit?

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Date: 7/28/12 11:30 AM

This is for his inconvenience to have his staff contact the pharmacy to renew prescriptions, spend more than 10 minutes per OV and attend lectures, which BTW, we are not interested in.


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Date: 7/28/12 11:39 AM

What kind of doctor is he? This sounds strange to me. The inconvenience of his staff? What does he pay them for if they aren't going to work with and for the patients?

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Date: 7/28/12 11:46 AM

About three years ago I found a highly recommended internist. The wait for the first appointment was around 4 to 6 months. After I was gowned up a representative from the 'concierge' physicians service came in with brochures and explained that the doctor would be changing to this type of practice within the month. Should I want to continue seeing her I would have to sign up for the 'service'.

$1,500 for the privilege of being able to make an appointment. But, but, but, they would be doing so many things for me.

We had our visit, she made suggestions and said she would like to see me again in six months. Six months!!! I had some specific complaints that I addressed. Why would I pay all that money and then pay for visits but take a we'll see you in six months attitude. That's how many dollars per minute??

The thing that really bothered me is that hubbie was seeing a specialist at the time. One who save lives when internists like the one mentioned above refer to the specialists. He didn't charge a 'concierge' fee. Nor do he further limit patient access with added extraordinary expense. Because he teaches, his efforts and that of his students reach down to many who might not normally even be able to see a specialist.

I get that a doctor would want to be able to guarantee a reasonable income and put a cap on their working hours. But, I thought that this was just plain arrogant.

Hubbie and I pondered the situation. Okay, I have these really off the wall reactions on rare occasions. I need someone who is very sharp and open to listening to me. But I responsibly thought what if there is a further expense in some other area. Naturally, it was within weeks that hubbie did need to consult with that second specialist. And that second specialist is like the one mentioned above. He teaches. He's the one that folks are sent to because of his experience and there is no one else to see after him. And he and his students also make medical care more accessible to some who might not be able to receive it. No concierge fee there.

Good for her if she can pull it off. It just means that more of her colleagues will have to bust butt a little harder so she can go home earlier. I wonder if she ever considered that the docs she refers to down at the medical center when her patients are really in trouble dont charge or receive those fees.

And, I wondered through the thinking process, how much of the fee goes to the administrative company.
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Date: 7/28/12 11:56 AM

Inconvenience to his staff? What? That's part of what a doctor and office staff do. Sounds like you have one fishy doctor to me. It's one way to collect fees that your insurance will not pay for too. One way to get money out of a patient. Nope. Not good practice at all. I would call the state medical board and ask about this.
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Date: 7/28/12 11:59 AM

Some of the Dr's need, I believe is because he left the office he originally opened with other Drs and is now the only one at the new location with a room full of supplements. If he went back to his original office (he is part owner) his overhead would appear to be significantly less.

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Date: 7/28/12 11:59 AM

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Date: 7/28/12 1:49 PM

I would find another doctor.

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