Superior convenience: Concierge medicine in Portland

Superior convenience: Concierge medicine in Portland

We at Beyond the Clinic believe that our model of house calls or on-site physical therapy is one of the most convenient ways to provide services to our busy clients.  Sometimes life is just too hectic to deal with traffic or a busy waiting room.  Having a health practitioner visit you at your home or office might not solve all problems of the day, but it definitely helps to ease the burden.  Since starting off in 2009, we have kept our eyes and ears open for other practitioners around Portland who are also striving to improve the quality of care and convenience of their clients.  In the process, we have stumbled upon a concept called “concierge medicine”, which is a form of primary care, where users pay a retainer or annual fee to have nearly unrestricted access to their personal physician.   Aside from almost 24-hour access via email or cell phone, concierge physicians will often provide house calls if the situation demands it. 

One of the forerunners of the concierge medicine movement in Portland is Dr. Lester Baskin, of the Baskin Clinic. Dr. Baskin has a small office near Legacy Good Samaritan hospital in Northwest Portland, and has recently expanded to bring another physician aboard.  We’ve had the pleasure of working with Dr. Baskin multiple times over the past two years, and know that his clients are highly satisfied with his services.

MD Squared is another concierge medical practice in Portland, with other clinics in the Seattle area, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco. According to the MD Squared website, their physicians only treat 50 families each per year.  

There are other hybrid models of concierge medicine in development here in Portland, but the two practices listed above fit the definition in the purest sense.  Stay tuned over the next few months, as we highlight other practices in the medical community that complement our physical therapy house calls service.  Being injured or ill is no fun, but when you need health care, having the most convenient service around does seem to lessen the sting.