AAFP: ‘That’s a good deal for patients …’
by Ted Griggs, The Advocate, June 15, 2013
The rapidly growing concierge medicine industry has drawn supporters and opponents, but one thing appears clear in a study: it works.The study by concierge medical group MDVIP found hospitalization admissions were 72 percent lower for MDVIP patients between the ages of 35 and 64 than for non-members. The study, published in the December issue of The Journal of Managed Care, also found Medicare patients’ hospital admissions dropped by 79 percent.
The savings on hospital costs over one year amounted to more than $300 million, the study found. And the longer the patients were MDVIP-practice members, the greater the reduction in hospitalizations.
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