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Concierge medicine on the rise in San Diego
San Diego Union-Tribune

Paying extra for better access to a doctor, often called concierge medicine, is growing in San Diego County.

Experts say the reasons range from a long-standing dissatisfaction with traditional managed care to more immediate worries about a possible doctor shortage driven by federal health reform.

While local specialists have mixed opinions on what is driving the growth, many said they believe the practice of charging a yearly membership fee in exchange for direct access to primary care doctors is on the rise.

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