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Concerns with Concierge Medicine

Posted by Dev Sethi | Apr 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Concierge medicine is a new trend in medical care. When a patient signs up with a concierge physician, he pays an annual fee for special access to his doctor. Concierge physicians care for fewer patients than in a conventional practice, ranging from 100 patients per doctor to 1,000, instead of the 3,000 to 4,000 that the average physician now sees every year. Also, concierge physicians agree to be accessible by cell phone or email at any time of day or night. Aside from the societal issue of whether stratification of health care based on wealth is desirable, concierge medicine raises issues related to patient care. The aim is these physicians will provide greater care to their patients. The goal is that a less harried doctor can provide comprehensive care and individualized preventive services to his well healed clients.

The reality can be different. With around the clock accessibility, it is tempting for these physicians to take the easy way out and diagnose illness by phone. Also, they are more tempted to succumb to the requests of their patients they be given a quick fix. These pressures can result in the premature prescription of antibiotics or other medicines, when a more comprehensive work up may be needed. Case reports of missed diagnoses of serious illness are starting to surface with this new brand of medicine.

James D. Campbell


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Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.


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