Ever wonder what it’s like to be a primary care physician (PCP)? As a patient, you probably think that the sole role of your PCP is to see patients from 9 to 5 every weekday. If so, you might be surprised to know that a PCP often works up to 18 hours daily Monday through Friday, doing that and a whole lot more.
Let’s take a look at the typical day in the life of a doctor specializing in concierge primary care.
Beyond 9 to 5 Medical Care
Indeed, many primary care physicians often spend 6 to 10 hours a day providing care for patients who are sick and practicing preventative medicine.
Often, throughout the day, a PCP’s busy schedule is interrupted by phone calls from other physicians who need to discuss on-going care for one of the PCP’s patients. He/She may also need to make call-backs to family members and caregivers of patients who are hospitalized to discuss reports and/or labs. Also, many PCPs now offer telehealth services in which they conduct appointments with patients online.
After all of these one-on-one tasks are done, the primary care physician makes sure that all patient charts are completed, detailing why a patient was seen that day and what plan of care was prescribed.
Around-the-Clock Concierge Primary Care
The daily activities of a concierge primary care physician are similar, but with a few notable exceptions. For one thing, unlike traditional PCPs, a concierge doctor has fewer patients and, thus, spends a great deal more time with each patient. That’s because concierge medicine – also known as VIP medical care – is a healthcare model in which patients pay a flat-rate retainer for high-quality, time-intensive medical care unavailable at a traditional primary care practice.
A concierge primary care physician is someone who not only delivers exceptional medical care but who has the time and commitment to really get to know you and manage your healthcare needs.
Take, for example, Dr. Adam Possner at North Bethesda Primary Care. As a board-certified internal medicine physician and concierge PCP, Dr. Possner offers around-the-clock accessibility for urgent issues, as well as other benefits that include:
- Highly personalized and comprehensive primary care
- Office or virtual (telehealth) visits that are never rushed
- Same-day or next-day appointments
- Follow-up communication after a visit
- Patient education, guidance, and support
- Partnering with you on healthcare decisions
- Coordination with subspecialists
- Streamlined online access to test results and messaging with the doctor
That’s quite a schedule, but for Dr. Possner, it’s all in a day’s work.
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As a concierge primary care physician, Dr. Adam Possner takes the time to really get to know you and deliver exceptional, personalized medical care, which can make all the difference in the quality of your long-term healthcare.