Concierge services may make its way to hospitals

Hospitals may want to follow the lead of some physician practices and begin to offer patients direct-pay or concierge healthcare, according to an opinion piece from Forbes. The concierge model allows financially struggling providers to hold their ground against monetary pressures, writes contributor Russ Alan Prince, and in some cases significantly better their positions. Concierge healthcare is largely the purview of physician practices and smaller providers today, but is catching on more and more among larger providers such as Massachusetts General Hospital, writes Prince. The model is likely to attract wealthier patients, making it particularly attractive to hospital systems, according to the column. Article

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