What is Concierge Medicine?
Concierge medicine, boutique medicine and direct practices are all terms used to describe a new form of medicine in which patients pay a doctor directly for enhanced medical care. Read more about Concierge Care and how Dr. Knope provides the best care possible here.
So you don't take any insurance, right?
Correct. I advocate for one person and one person only in my practice; that is my patient. I am not an advocate for any insurance company and I do not have input from their “medical directors,” who are hired by the company to limit testing and increase the profit margins of the insurance carrier.
What's going to be different about the care I receive from Dr. Knope?
There are many differences between our clinic and the one you’re probably used to visiting. We explain how we operate with you—the patient—in mind, here.
I've heard Concierge Care is only for the very wealthy. Is this true?
There are many misconceptions about Concierge Medicine. I clear them up here, on my page about Myths & Realities of direct practices.
I don’t want to be completely uninsured…if I pay for Concierge Care, what type of insurance do you suggest I carry?
Everyone in a concierge practice must have at least catastrophic medical insurance. Concierge medicine is not a substitute for insurance. Most of my patients carry traditional insurance to cover all of their other medical expenses, but some have a high-deductible medical insurance plan with a Health Savings Account. This is what I have to cover myself and my family.
How much are Dr. Knope’s services going to cost me?
The annual fee is $7,000 for an individual; $12,000 for a couple.
How often am I allowed to see my doctor?
There are no limits on the number of times that you can see the doctor.
If I become seriously ill, what are the advantages of having a personal doctor?
First, you can be seen on the same day for any acute medical problem. We leave spots open every day for unplanned urgencies or emergencies. Unlike most medical practices, you will not be handed off to a “hospitalist” when you are seriously ill. When you most need him, your personal doctor will be there for you.
Is Dr. Knope certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine?
Yes, he is certified. You can view his current and past certifications here.