Old-Fashioned Medicine for Today's Health Care
Board-certified internist Matthew Mintz, MD, FACP, practicing in Bethesda, Maryland, provides old-fashioned, personalized care with today’s advanced diagnostic procedures and treatments. He serves patients in the cities surrounding Bethesda, including Potomac, Rockville, Chevy Chase, and the larger Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas.
Patients are becoming more frustrated with today's healthcare: difficulty getting appointments, long waits in the waiting room, short visits with your doctor, and trouble getting return calls for lab results or other requests. Dr. Mintz' practice will bring you back to the days when you could spend time with your physician; where the doctor can not only address all your concerns, but know you as an individual. By limiting the number of patients in his practice, Dr. Mintz can see his patients whenever they need to be seen, and can be accessible to them, even after hours if needed.
Dr. Mintz's practice provides concierge service to all patients. Read on for more information on concierge medicine and insurance...
What is concierge medicine?
The concierge model of healthcare changes the traditional health insurance-style medical practice into a personal, one-on-one relationship between a patient and their primary care physician.
At Dr. Mintz's practice, concierge care is offered to all patients, regardless of payment method. Patients can choose a membership that includes payment monthly, quarterly, or annually, or you can opt for a pay-as-you-go model of traditional healthcare, where you pay for services as you need them.
The benefits of a concierge relationship include longer appointment times, same and next-day appointments, 24/7 availability, lab work that’s done in-office for faster results, and in general, access to Dr. Mintz that’s more conducive to one-on-one care through a more familiar relationship.
How does concierge medicine work with medical insurance?
Dr. Mintz is able to offer concierge level service by not accepting payment from health insurance companies. However, patients absolutely need health insurance to pay for their other health care needs such as laboratory tests, medications, specialty care and emergencies. When Dr. Mintz refers you to a specialist or sends your blood work to the laboratory, those providers will bill your insurance. It is only the visits to Dr. Mintz where you must pay directly. Dr. Mintz offers an annual concierge membership that gives you unlimited access for a single flat fee regardless of how many or how few visits you make. Alternatively, patients can opt for a pay-as-you-go model, where you pay for services as you need them. For patients using this option, and do not have Medicare or an HMO, Dr. Mintz will prepare an invoice that his patients can submit to their insurance companies for potential reimbursement. Regardless of your plan, Dr. Mintz recommends a comprehensive physical once per year.
How do concierge practices differ from each other?
Reputable concierge practices generally restrict the size of their practice to a set number of patients, ensuring that there’s time to meet each patient’s needs, but that number can vary widely. Dr. Mintz will substantially limit his practice size to ensure high-quality service for everyone he sees. Cost and levels of service may also vary. Dr. Mintz’ annual membership fee is several hundred dollars less than most other concierge practices in Bethesda, Maryland as well as similar practices including Potomac, Rockville, Chevy Chase, Washington D.C., and Virginia.
Access varies between concierge medicine providers, as well as cost. Levels of service and doctor substitutions also may vary. Reputable concierge practices generally restrict the size of their practice to a set number of patients, ensuring that there’s time to meet each patient’s needs.
Dr. Mintz is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality, cost effective medical care. In order to do so, we do not accept insurance. However, we will gladly prepare a statement that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Payment is due at the time of the visit. We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards.
- Commercial Insurance (CareFirst, United, Aetna, etc.)- Dr. Mintz is an out-of-network providers. Your insurance will usually reimburse some or most of the fee when you submit our statement to your insurance company.
- Medicare and HMO's- Dr. Mintz does not participate with Medicare and HMO's. Speak with our staff about programs to make your care more affordable.