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canada goose clearance on a recent Sunday, Herb Wilson’s wife fell backward in the bathroom of their New York apartment and hit her head. It was not her first fall. She has Parkinson’s disease and has fallen many times, causing him worry.

buy canada goose jacket The previous time his wife Canada Goose Coats On Sale had fallen, Mr. Wilson, 79, had https://www.goosefrshop.com taken her to a hospital emergency room, where they spent five hours waiting for her to be examined and discharged. This time, they went to a concierge emergency room for faster service.

buy canada goose jacket cheap “I called up at 3:15, and they said come over,” Mr. Wilson said. “I walked in there at 3:30 in the morning, and a physician, a technician and a physician’s assistant were waiting for me, literally, at the door.”

Canada Goose Jackets The facility, Priority Private Care, administered a CT scan and read the results on the spot. Mr. Wilson’s wife was fine, and they went home. “I was out of there in 40 minutes,” he said.

canada goose black friday sale Paying more for uk canada goose better, faster care may not be fair, but the concept has been around for decades.

Concierge physicians often charge patients directly, bypassing canada goose coats on sale insurance companies that discount their rates. They canadian goose jacket do this through annual membership fees canada goose uk outlet but also with charges for each visit. In return, patients get direct access and more time with a doctor.

canada goose coats Top hospitals have also started to provide concierge services, offering programs with stately names that are meant to coddle dignitaries, buy canada goose jacket cheap celebrities and international patients paying their own way. In New York, Mount Sinai Hospital has its Executive Services Department, the Hospital for Special Surgery offers its Ambassador Services, canada goose uk shop and Weill Cornell Medicine provides its International canada goose clearance Patient Services.

But emergency rooms by law treat the sickest patients first. If you’ve been shot, you’ll be seen right away. If you’re stable, you’re going to wait and you could canada goose black friday sale keep waiting depending on who else comes in.

canadian goose jacket According to research by ProPublica, the average time a patient spends in an emergency room in New York State before being sent home is three hours. In certain hospitals in New York City, the wait can stretch to closer to five hours.

canada goose deals Waiting in emergency rooms is the norm. In Maryland, it’s about three and a half hours on average; in North Dakota, the wait is comparatively speedy: You’re in and out in about an hour and a half.

cheap Canada Goose A lot of people are fed up with the process, but few can do anything about it. That’s where canada goose factory sale Priority Private Care, with its care center on the Upper East Side, saw an opening for a clientele familiar with the costs and benefits of concierge medicine.

Dr. Bernard Kruger, a board certified physician buy canada goose jacket in oncology and canada goose internal medicine, started the company 18 months ago with two partners. He had a concierge medical practice for 15 years but saw its limitations, particularly on weekends canada goose soldes femme if a patient was hurt and needed an X uk canada goose outlet ray or blood work.

canada goose He got the idea for a concierge emergency room after helping a patient, an actress, who had fallen off a horse. “I brought her to Mount Sinai,” Dr. Kruger said. “The head of the department came down. We still waited five hours for a CAT scan. I said something is wrong here.”

canada goose clearance sale The Priority Private Care facility is sleek and modern, with a Chuck Close painting hanging on the wall. In addition to being well staffed, the center has the imaging machines and laboratory equipment for blood work to get results quickly and help Canada Goose Parka doctors make a diagnosis.

Canada Goose sale Dr. Kruger summed up the experience: “You get seen right away. You get treated right away. You have a consistent doctor with you.”

canada goose coats on sale It has its limits. It is not equipped to handle a gunshot wound, for instance, and it is not a surgery center. But according to a 2013 study by Truven Health Analytics, about three fourths of emergency room visits by people with insurance Canada Goose Jackets did not require emergency room level care.

That’s a lot of waiting (and unnecessary visits), given that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 141 million emergency room visits each year. study Canada Goose Online said that 11.2 million emergency room visits resulted in people being admitted to the hospital and 1.8 million, or about 1 percent, of those visits ended with people being admitted to critical care units.

Canada Goose online The founders of Priority Private canada goose coats Care are Andrew Olanow, left, and Benjamin Kruger and his father, Dr. Bernard Kruger. Dr. Kruger summed up the experience at the center: “You get seen right away. You get treated right away. You have a consistent doctor with you.”Kholood Eid for The New York Times

The founders of Priority Private Care envisioned a service focused on three areas. The first is emergency care. They believe they can handle about 80 percent of the cases that require emergency care.

Canada Goose Parka The second is access to a network of specialists canada goose uk black friday and the ability to get patients in to see someone quickly. This was one thing that attracted Russ Coniglio, a businessman who lives in Boca Raton, Fla., but keeps an apartment in Manhattan.

Canada Goose Outlet “You call a specialist on Park Avenue, and they say six months,” said Mr. Coniglio, who Canada Goose sale works in the beauty care business. But when Dr. Kruger calls a specialist, he said, “they say come right over.”

“I don’t know how you put a Canada Goose online price tag on it,” he said. “If you have a problem and wait three weeks for the appointment, that’s hard to do.”

Mr. Coniglio also put his children on the plan, and both of his college age sons have used it for emergency services for sports related injuries.

The third is convenience for any ailment, like a sore throat or a cough, that crops up after hours or on the canada goose store weekend. “As long as we have to staff a full facility to effectively run empty, people can use us for convenience services,” said Andrew Olanow, a co founder of cheap canada goose uk Priority Private Care.

The center differs, though, from hospital Canada Goose Outlet emergency rooms, which have to take anyone who cheap Canada Goose walks in off the street. Priority Private Care is not canada goose clearance sale obligated to do that, though Mr. Olanow said it would.

“If they’re gushing blood, we’d stabilize them and walk them the one and a half blocks to Lenox Hill,” he said of a nearby hospital.

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