Josh J. Umbehr, MD
Potential Conflicts of Interest: Dr. Umbehr is the owner, operator, and chief executive officer of a concierge medical practice.
Umbehr JJ. Can the Practice of Retainer Medicine Improve Primary Care?. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156:399. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-156-5-201203060-00020
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(5):399.
TO THE EDITOR:
Although I think that there is plenty of room for debate on many of the points mentioned in the article by Huddle and Centor (1), I'd like to focus on a different point: Not all retainer models are the same. I think we are making a basic mistake of assuming that all “insurance-free” models are designed for the upper crust.
My model is not. We charge $10 to $100 a month per patient on the basis of age (all preexisting conditions welcome) for unlimited home, work, office, or technology visits with no copay. We offer steep discounts on laboratory testing and medications by contracting directly with laboratories and pharmaceutical wholesalers.
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