Concierge medicine is a relatively new, but rapidly growing and evolving supplement to traditional medical care. A concierge physician charges an annual retainer fee that provides the patient with additional services that are not covered by insurance, but which enhance accessibility, the amount of time spent with the physician, and hopefully a much more personalized and satisfying relationship. Enhanced accessibility usually includes 24/7 direct cellphone access to the physician, same day appointments with efforts made to minimize waiting, and meetings to develop a plan for preventive care. Individuals and families that have concierge physicians report significantly more satisfaction with their medical care and the state of their health.  Continue reading.