FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is "Private Medicine"?
“Private” medicine (also known as “membership medicine” or “concierge medicine”) is a form of medical practice that emphasizes wellness and disease prevention. Patients have direct contact to the physician via email and cell phone communication to allow for expedited and enhanced communication. This also allows for many problems to be addressed on the phone and can often decrease the need for office visits and possibly prevent hospitalizations. The physician sees fewer patients and can therefore concentrate more fully on the issues of each individual patient. Private medicine restores the direct connection and relationship between the physician and their patient.
How is this different from traditional medicine?
In a typical primary care practice, the doctor has a patient panel of well over a thousand patients. This translates into long wait times and shorter office visits for patients. Dr. Sujansky has also noticed that the new emphasis on electronic medical records systems places even more demands on the physician and even less time is left for directly caring for the patient. Time and reimbursement pressures have therefore eroded the physician/ patient relationship. In retainer medicine, on the other hand, all of these external pressures have been stripped away and we are back to the way medicine was meant to be practiced. Dr. Sujansky is free to spend as much time with a patient as she may need.
What does the Membership Program include?
Easy direct communication with Dr. Sujansky via her personal cell phone after hours as well as same day/ next day email communication
Limited practice size, which allows you to have more time with the doctor
Expedited call-backs and same day/ next day appointment availability
Physician-level communication with your other consulting specialists that will allow a timely resolutions of any concerns or issues you may have
Enhanced communication with hospital physicians and staff will help ensure that you have a seamless transition between the hospital and your outpatient care
Home visits for those who live within a 10 mile radius and who are unable to travel to the office
Longer and more flexible appointments where all of your health education issues and concerns are addressed
A routine annual executive physical including a thorough review of your personal and family history, physical exam, and screening tests data. Follow-up communications that often helps guide health care decisions
Biannual state-of-the art evaluation of body composition with analysis of muscle vs fat mass in trunk and individual limbs. This allows for more individualized dietary and exercise counseling