Why should you choose direct concierge care?

Because you have been frustrated with the system that does not allow your doctor to:

  • spend time with you
  • listen to you during the visit
  • see you when you need without waiting
  • conduct thorough work-ups
  • focus on preventive care
  • educate you and explain to you what happened to your health
  • follow-up on you after the visit
  • discuss about your labs promptly without waiting for weeks
  • communicate with other doctors you also see
  • talk to you when you call instead of waiting for a long time to talk to nurses/staff or talk to a machine
  • take care of you in her office, instead of wasting money and time in the ER

Concierge (or Direct) Medicine Might Be Just What You Have Been Looking For!!

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Because you are doing well under your current care and want to maintain good health. The doctor you know, who also knows you, will be available around-the-clock and continue taking care of you.

Because you stay with a job you hate just because you want to keep the health insurance that restricts the number of doctor visits and requires pre-authorization for every test and medicine you need.

Because your elderly sick parents can’t get to see doctors on time and can’t get the attention they deserve from their doctor. You are worried that they may not doing well when you are away and afraid they don’t know who to talk to.

If you’re interested in having increased direct access to Dr. Ge-Zerbe—a doctor you know and who also knows you—taking advantage of increased and more personalized time with her, and greater flexibility in scheduling both the time and place of your medical appointments, a concierge/direct doctor may be right for you.

We offer unlimited visits, no copays, all procedures free and up to 95% discount on medications and labs while decreasing insurance costs up to 50% – a high value that the current insurance model can’t compete with. The annual fee for direct/concierge services from BTE can be paid through employer Section 125 plans in most cases, and is compatible with flexible spending accounts (FSAs), medical savings accounts (MSAs), and health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) as well as health savings accounts (HSAs). However, you may want to discuss with your accountant to confirm because exceptions may apply.

We choose QUALITY over quantity

As a physician, Dr. Ge-Zerbe went to medical school with the goal of taking care of sick people. However, more and more, she found that the limitations and obligations placed on her by government and insurance plans interfered with her ability to give her patients the time and care they deserved. She saw patients less and less and did paperwork more and more. Your insurance might only buy you 10 to 15 minute visits every few months with long waiting times. These long waiting times are a result of doctors having 2,000 to 4,000 patients, and they have to see 30 to 40 patients a day, in order to make a living. You and your doctor both are frustrated with that scenario.

ConciergeIn her practice, Dr. Ge-Zerbe knows you well. She reduced her patient load to 300 to 400, so she can provide personalized care. She also prolonged the visit time. She spends more time taking care of patients and less time doing paperwork. As result, your health care is delivered by a doctor who knows you well. Dr. Ge-Zerbe will have time to review your labs and medications routinely and get back to you promptly if you have questions or concerns.

This type of care allows Dr. Ge-Zerbe to connect with you. Your investment with her secures you access to your doctor at all times. You can contact Dr. Ge-Zerbe 24/7 by cell phone, e-mail, and Skype. You will not deal with an answering machine or nurse call-back. As her patient, you will spend less money on unnecessary tests or using unnecessary medicines, will have less hospital admissions, and will be healthier. She will see you at your home or at the hospital. Dr. Ge-Zerbe is there for you all the time proactively and we put preventive medicine back into medical practice—something that is not covered by most insurances.

No middleman in the office = no waste of time and money

Routine-MedicalCareMost insurers view the preventive care services included with the annual fee as non-covered services and, therefore, do not reimburse the annual fee. Dr. Ge-Zerbe doesn’t charge insurance for her time that spend to take care of you because of that, but she take patients with insurance. You can still use insurance to cover lab and imaging testing, hospital admission, etc., however, most of you aren’t even aware what your insurance deductible is and what each service you have costs you because the bills are difficult to understand.

We offer unlimited visits, no copays, all procedures free and up to 95% discount on medications and labs while decreasing insurance costs up to 50% – a high value that the current insurance model can’t compete with. The annual fee for direct/concierge services from BTE can be paid through employer Section 125 plans in most cases, and is compatible with flexible spending accounts (FSAs), medical savings accounts (MSAs), and health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) as well as health savings accounts (HSAs).

The truth is if you add up everything you spend in an insurance-involved system, it would cost you more than the direct care Dr. Ge-Zerbe provides. At her practice, the payment is transparent. You get what you pay for. Without middleman – insurance in her office, she focuses all of her attention on you and your health. She works hard to save you money by providing markedly discount labs and medicines if you have high deductible.

Studies show this type of direct care saves about $3,000/year/patient, uses 70 % less medications, and has 70 % less hospitalizations. Save money and be healthier—how can it be better?

Price Comparison Table
Insurance BTE/Dr. Ge-Zerbe
Continue glucose monitor $270 + sensor ($40) Free + Sensor ($40)
Fine needle aspiration biopsy $650 (hospital > $1100) $150 (member) / $250 (non-member)
Thyroid ultrasound $255 Free
Labs
Insurance BTE/Dr. Ge-Zerbe
Estradiol $72 $8
PTH $85 $15(non-member)
TSH $31 $4
Medications (90 Day Supply)
Insurance BTE/Dr. Ge-Zerbe
Armour Thyroid $120 $23
Lancet $62 $3(non-member)
Metoporolol $85 $2.50

A patient-centered system

With insurance restrictions and low reimbursement, the only way doctors can keep their doors open is to see more and more patients but Dr. Ge-Zerbe does not believe that is good medicine. She refuses to just “make living”, instead, she wants to make difference. Surveys show that 19 % of doctors around country complain of “burn-out” from current health care system and consider retiring.

More than 13 % of doctors are considering a switch to concierge/direct care this year alone. As part of a fast-growing trend in today’s health care, Dr. Ge-Zerbe’s is not the first endocrinology practice to provide direct care. She also has a bigger goal—to change health care to a patient-centered system instead of an insurance- and payment-centered system. Join Dr. Ge-Zerbe to become part of this powerful health care revolution!