Monday, January 23, 2012

Concierge healthcare - a two-tier system

I first heard of concierge healthcare on White Coat Black Art.

What is concierge healthcare?

It is an American-style healthcare, in which physicians limit their practice. The family of physicians work somewhat like Ontario's Family Health Team model, but without the free access to all. They limit the number of patients, which reduces the number of physicians available for those without the extra $3000 to pay for a private physician in this clinic.
Provital Health and Wellness, based in Calgary is one such clinic. Provital charges paying patients an annual membership fee of $3000.  The high annual fee is usually justified on the basis that the fee pays for unlimited access to dieticians, massage therapists, psychologists and other health care workers whose services are generally not paid for by most provinces.

According to Alberta's PrimeCAREHealth:
Any medical services normally covered under Alberta Healthcare are still paid for by Alberta Healthcare.

Benefits Summary
  • Access to Physicians 24/7/365
  • Can often schedule same-day appointments
  • On-time appointments
  • Unrushed appointments with our undivided attention

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