f.a.q.'s > All Questions > Why doesn’t the practice membership fee cover an “annual physical exam” like some concierge medicine practices?

Not everyone needs a physical exam or large panel of tests each year, so why have my patient pay for something that might not be needed? I follow published guidelines to recommend what examination and tests, if any, are indicated each year, and together my patients and I determine what tests are ordered.

Carving out the physical exam allows for a patient’s payment for this to be reimbursed by the patient’s health insurance company (again, HMOs and Medicare are the exception) or HSA as practice membership fees (a.k.a. retainer fees) are typically not reimbursed by health insurance companies or HSAs.

Last updated on November 30, 2007 by Dr Wayne Johnson