TODAYS GUEST Bret Jorgensen, Chairman and CEO of MDVIP
Bret joined us to discuss Concierge Medicine as a continuation of our recent focus on Healthcare Consumerism. Yes, I used both of those words in the same sentence. Statistics show that Patients are now responsible for 27% of the cost of healthcare and that is expected to grow to over 50% within 3-5 years. Specifically we discuss the following with Bret:
- We are hearing the debate and discussion of Healthcare vs. Sick-care getting louder and louder. What is your perspective on this discussion?
- What do you think is driving the growth of this model?
- How does MDVIP choose their doctors?
- What is the patient mix of the practices?
- How do patients benefit most from the model? Is it all about convenience and better access to the doctor?
- Is there published data that supports the success of the model?
- How does the concierge model provide work with other infrastructure in the U.S. Health System like Health Spending Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts and higher deductible plans?
“MDVIP started as an idea — an idea that was sparked in the minds of a few visionary doctors who were seeking to rekindle their passion for medicine once again, who knew there had to be a better way to fully care for — not merely treat — the patients who flooded their waiting rooms and who believed the healthcare system had lost its way. The MDVIP model was created with the hope and vision of bringing more life to more lives — both young and old — by putting impersonal healthcare practices and tactics aside, and embracing a new way of healing. MDVIP has always put the patient at the heart of everything we do. We see patients as people — not numbers or charts — but unique individuals with their own personal story. And, because we are all different, healthcare should be designed specifically for your needs, your goals and your aspirations. MDVIP seeks to achieve this by combining the high-tech tools of today and the high-touch practices of the past to make patients and doctors happier and healthier.” (from http://www.mdvip.com/what-is-mdvip/who-we-are)