In this type of a practice a patient pays a retainer or annual fee to a primary care doctor, which in turn establishes a relationship through which enhanced care and availability is offered to the patient. Other names for this type of practice include retainer medicine, membership medicine, cash-only practice, and direct care.RelevanceIt has become more difficult to establish a relationship with and have access to the same primary care doctor because of a shortage in providers and changes to insurance plans. This is a way to ensure continuity with a primary care doctor.
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