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Polls reflect satisfaction of cash-based physicians

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Physicians who have cash-based, or concierge, practices have expressed overwhelming satisfaction with their practices when compared with traditional practices, according to a 2014 poll conducted jointly by the Concierge Medicine Research Collective and Concierge Medicine Today.

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Asked whether they are more or less satisfied after five years of practicing concierge medicine, 91 percent said they are more satisfied than when they practiced traditional medicine using third-party payers. None of the concierge physicians said they were less satisfied, but 9 percent answered “neither.”

And a higher income is not necessarily the reason for their satisfaction.

Concierge doctors from across the United States compared their annual salaries in 2013 with what they had earned in past years in another Concierge Medicine Today poll. The survey showed:

  • Salaries increased for 49 percent.
  • Salaries decreased for 41 percent.
  • Salaries remained the same for 10 percent.

The physicians in the poll who received lower salaries than in previous years attributed the decrease to state and federal business taxes and a lower number of patients who retained their membership in the practice.

Three years of polling data revealed that almost 85 percent of cash-based physicians are maintaining their solo concierge medicine practices rather than joining a hospital environment where they could “reduce administrative time and earn more income,” according to the Concierge Medicine Research Collective.