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Concierge-style medicine
Chico News and Review

According to a recent story in Businessweek magazine, around 17 percent of Californians don’t seek a doctor’s care because of the expense. Meanwhile, with physician shortages and challenging economic models, physicians aren’t always available to those who could afford them—insured or not.

Some medical offices have switched to the concierge (or direct-care) model, under which patients pay cash in the form of an annual fee for their care, often because insurance is not accepted (not accepting insurance can keep costs, such as administrative, lower for the physician, and consequently for the patient). In Chico, there’s a hybrid approach: Argyll Medical Group’s retainer service, called Argyll Advantage.