Best of Newburyport
Concierge Medical Internal Medicine Doctor
High Quality Care, Direct Communications with Your Doctor & Flexibility to Choose Specialists and Hospitals
Would it be helpful if you could reach your doctor directly when you are sick or have medical concerns? Do you feel like your doctor has a detailed understanding of your medical history and personal health needs? If having a strong direct relationship with your doctor is important to you, then you should explore the option of a concierge medical internal medicine doctor. Your Choice Medical Internal Medicine is a local Newburyport practice offering patients high quality medical care, personalized medical attention and contrary to some misconceptions, they do accept insurance. With concierge medical practices patients experience a level of attention that is not commonly found within larger medical practices.
Many people assume that concierge medical practices are only accessible to super wealthy individuals. It is true that the concept originated as an option for the elite, but Your Choice Medical and other concierge medical practices across the country are servicing a variety of patients with a need or desire for a more personalized relationship with their doctor. Dr. Ficht is an internal medicine doctor or internist, with extensive background, training and experience focused on adult medicine. He has tremendous experience diagnosing and helping patients with serious medical conditions, having practiced in the Merrimack Valley for almost 20 years and working for Lahey Clinic and Anna Jaques Hospital. Your Choice Medical patients also have the option of seeing one of the nurse practitioners.
How does concierge medicine work? Dr. Ficht of Your Choice Medical, is the first independent and unaffiliated concierge medical internal medicine doctor in the area. There are other medical practices that are affiliated and/or within a network with hospitals or groups. Most medical practices are affiliated with large medical networks where you are limited to the specialists within that practice’s network. By choosing an independent and unaffiliated practice patients have the flexibility to choose any specialist within their insurance plan. In the state of Massachusetts most primary care physician’s offices are tied to one of the three major medical groups so if you prefer to have your surgery at a hospital that is not affiliated with your Primary Care Doctor’s network, you will need to pay out of pocket.
The concierge medicine health care model is ideal for people with health concerns who feel the need to have direct communications with their doctor and flexibility to speak to their doctor during non-standard business days and times. Your Choice Medical patients can schedule appointments within 24 hours and they have the email and cell phone for their provider in case they need assistance after hours or on the weekends. Office visits are not rushed as Dr. Ficht and the Nurse Practitioners see considerably fewer patients per day, allowing them to spend more quality time in each appointment. Your Choice Medical also provides preventative medicine offered through the providers and wellness partners, such as gym memberships and a session with a personal trainer.
Patients pay an annual fee for this high level of service and the cost is not excessive. The cost of concierge medicine does not exceed what folks spend annually on gym memberships, hair and nail salons, sports activities, gourmet coffee, and other services, hobbies and habits. A concierge medical internal medicine doctor may or may not be necessary for you, but might be perfect for your friend who has health concerns and needs more time and attention from a doctor. It also might be perfect for your aging parent or for someone with limited time or who travels often and needs the flexibility to schedule last minute appointments and or telemedicine sessions. If top quality medical care is important to you then we highly recommend a call to Your Choice Medical Internal Medicine of Newburyport.
Your Choice Medical Internal Medicine
Choosing a Concierge Primary Care Doctor Can Save You Time, Money
Signing up with a concierge primary care doctor can save you time and money each year! Usually a concierge medical practice charges patients a small fee in exchange for premium services, such as maintaining a lower population of patients, providing accessibility to the providers, availability to the doctor, convenient appointments, fitness programs and other additional services.
Kay A. Ficht, M.D. of Your Choice Medical, a new concierge practice in Newburyport, MA charges patients in his practice a low fee, which is payable quarterly or annually. Many patients have found the up-front low quarterly charge has added up to substantial savings down the line. For example, patients who are having medical issues during off business hours are often able to bypass rushing to an urgent clinic or emergency room by contacting their concierge doctor, instead of the on-call physician that might not know the patient. Dr. Ficht or the nurse practitioner can access the problem and determine a course of action, which is often as simple as calling in a prescription. The possibility of avoiding a trip to the emergency room can save concierge patient’s usually a minimum of $300.
A lower patient population means the physician and patient can have in depth discussions about health issues which can lead to a better understanding for both the patient and the doctor. This stronger patient doctor relationship can offset membership fee costs. For example, a concierge doctor usually has more time to investigate a patient’s health issues thereby offsetting expensive prescriptions, unnecessary tests and reducing expensive referrals to specialists.
The cost of your time is also an important factor to consider. You could spend five minutes on the phone with a concierge doctor to have your problem addressed or drive to a walk in clinic or emergency room where you don’t know the provider and the provider doesn’t know you, which may consume a large portion of your day and not solve your problem. Additional stress isn’t always something you can quantify with money, but for many who choose a concierge doctor, the piece of mind is priceless.
Internal Medicine doctor, or Internist is a term that is frequently heard, but often misunderstood. An internal medicine doctor, specializes in adult patients care, specifically focused on preventative care as well as non-surgical diagnosis, treatment and education of multi-system diseases of the internal organs. Kay A. Ficht, M.D. who is an internist at Your Choice […]
Concierge medicine offers patients refreshing new options from traditional primary care. According to Kay A. Ficht, M.D., owner of Your Choice Medical concierge medicine practice and a primary care, internal medicine physician in the Newburyport area for approximately 20 years, “concierge medicine varies from practice to practice, but typically in exchange for many convenient services, […]