Concierge Physicians and geriatric care managers have much in common. The first parallel is they both serve the top 10% . The second correlative is both are a business, mainly serve the elderly and wealthy and both take health care into the world of profit. Here is an NYT article,
The third commonality is Concierge Physicians and geriatric care managers both make house calls have small practices and spend time with a patient like an old fashioned doctor.
The fourth similarity is the caseload. Concierge Physician has an average caseload of 50, while the average internist has 2500 patients. The average GCM carries a caseload of 25-35. But even that may be too high when serving highly entitled concierge clients. Wealthy clients can demand boatloads of attention, have more family friction between adult siblings and the older parent-based on too much money, not enough love and no skills passed on to nurture, when the parent needs care. This constant bickering or worse cut off and often elder physical and fiscal abuse siphons lots of hours of the GCM’ s time to get the care that the older client needs. So large GCM caseloads among the uber-wealthy are almost impossible.
The fifth kindred feature between the GCM and concierge physicians is “wait time”. Wait time to see your doctor in the US can be a very long time. According to the New York Times”A survey released in March by Merritt Hawkins, a Dallas medical consulting and recruiting firm, found it takes 29 days on average to secure an appointment with a family care physician, up from 19.5 days in 2014. For some specialties, the delays are similarly long, with a 32-day wait to see a dermatologist and a 21-day delay at the typical cardiologist’s office. But Concierge Physicians get back to their patient’s right away because of the small caseloads and the personalized one to one care they represent. Care managers, who offer gold standard care, generally get out to see new clients within a day. Both professionals go by ” Ask and Ye Shall Receive”.
So when you market the Concierge Physicians, what benefits to do you offer that will allow her or him to refer to you.
We will use the “So What” that show benefits to any profession
1) You serve the same upper 10% with same 1-1 hands-on excellent care “So What” you can support the physician without training
2) You do facilitation with dysfunctional families ( often in these patient caseloads) “So What” You will use your skills to get families to agree on care for the older person so concierge physicians will not have to deal with these difficult barriers to care
3)You will manage adult siblings who often disrupt older parent care because of ” Mom Loved You Best” squabbles “So What” so the Concierge physician can give the care the parent needs without hiring a social worker or trying to be one.
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