chapter  4
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Determining If You Are Ready to Enter Concierge Medicine

I believe that readiness for concierge medicine is determined on the basis of many indicators. The number of years in practice should be one of the lowest items on the list of criteria or concerns. After all, the number of years in practice is not something you can easily change, so while it has some importance, there are other indicators with higher priority-the first of which is having a solid brand, a favorable image in the community, being established in a market where many people can afford to buy a $5 coffee each morning at a coffee shop, and where the market has begun showing signs of increasing difficulty obtaining a primary care appointment within 3 days of a request for routine follow-up and within 5 days of a new patient visit, for starters.