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Concierge Medicine Expected to Grow Under Health Reform

Paying extra for better access to a doctor, often called concierge medicine, is drawing new attention, at least in part in response to the Affordable Care Act.

Although adherents are still few in number, concierge medicine is growing in popularity, particularly in California, according to surveys.

Proponents of concierge medicine attribute recent growth both to longstanding dissatisfaction with traditional managed care and to fears of doctor shortages and crowded waiting rooms under health reform.