With all the buzz about insurance providers dropping coverage and skyrocketing premiums and deductibles, it’s a good time to consider alternative options, such as concierge medical care.
A concierge medical program—often referred to as boutique, retainer, and direct practice medicine—has many benefits, because it provides a more flexible physician-patient relationship that is not beholden to insurance requirements.
At Metabolix Wellness Center, our wellness-based concierge program is a patient-centered healthcare model, providing enhanced medical services to a limited number of patients. An annual fee is paid directly to the doctor, instead of going through an insurance company. As a result, the physician-patient relationship is free from the usual stranglehold of constraints caused by insurance provisions, authorizations, co pays and meeting deductibles.
Patients enrolled in our concierge program receive all the time and attention they need from Brent Agin, M.D. and his supportive and knowledgeable staff, to successfully achieve their health and wellness goals. We offer several options to participate, starting at $1,500 per year.
Our concierge program includes:
- Free office visits
- 24/7 Contact with the medical provider
- In-office lab draws
- Same-day appointments
- 25% off of other fitness, wellness and aesthetic products and services (including personal training, weight management programs, laboratory testing, IV therapy, vitamin injections, supplements, nutraceuticals, facials, fillers and more)
Patients enrolled in our concierge program can still keep their health insurance. But many concierge patients opt to carry a high deductible catastrophic medical plan just to cover emergencies. This provides the coverage that meets Affordable Care Act minimum requirements, but with more affordable premiums. Typically, patients will never meet the high deductible, making their health care less expensive overall through the concierge program.
For more information, review the frequently asked questions below or contact our office (727) 230-1438
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Do you make house calls?
A: The decision to see you in your home or office will be decided on a case-by-case basis. It could be deemed necessary based on illness or convenience. New patient visits and annual physicals will always be in the office.
Q: Who can be on my Family Concierge Plan?
A: Families living in the same household (i.e. significant others, spouses, or children) are eligible for the family concierge rate. Children must be at least 5 years old.
Q: Do I need insurance if I join your plan?
A: Concierge Medicine is not a substitute for a health insurance. Insurance can be used to cover services not offered in the office including labs, x-rays, medications, emergency room and hospital care, and visits to a specialist. Although we recommend that patients carry health insurance, we do care for many patients without insurance and try to find low cost options for any needed ancillary services.
Concierge medicine provides high-quality medical care to everyone, including patients without health insurance. If your are interested in carrying health insurance, you may opt for a higher deductible plan as your primary care is included in our annual fee.
Q: Is your fee reimbursable through my insurance company?
A: A portion of the annual fee may be reimbursable under PPO insurance (this does not apply to Medicare patients). Check with your insurance company on coverage for “out of network” provider office visits. Although we do not bill your insurance directly, claim forms can be provided for you to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. Concierge works well with a High Deductible Health Plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA).
Q: What if I have a HMO Insurance Plan?
A: Patients who carry an HMO plan cannot utilize their insurance benefits under our care due to restrictions of the HMO plan. Only your assigned, network primary care physician can order tests and referrals, many of which need pre-authorization. If you understand these insurance restrictions, you can always be part of the practice without any use of your HMO insurance. Some patients still utilize concierge medicine for second opinions, easier appointment times, and for our wellness services.
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Call (727) 230-1438 or CLICK HERE to contact us for an appointment in our office located at 26212 US Hwy 19, in Clearwater, Florida.
About Metabolix Wellness Center
Metabolix Wellness Center provides personalized, integrative healthcare for general wellness, anti-aging, athletic performance and weight management as well as more complex medical issues. In addition, our facility also provides aesthetic services and fitness training. Combining diet, nutrition and exercise with evidence based medicine and preventative therapies, our goal is to help our patients achieve and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
Metabolix Wellness Center utilizes IV therapy protocols from Trim® Nutrition. These proprietary nutrient injections are formulated by doctors and compounding pharmacists who use the highest quality materials and follow strict manufacturing protocols in a class 10,000 compounding facility.
Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, Trim® Nutrition and Metabolix Wellness Center’s clinical staff of physicians, pharmacists, registered nurses, and research and development specialists are dedicated to the mission of Making Bodies Better™.