The Comprehensive Medical Examination, Personal Wellness Plan, and all the amenities of a small practice are included in the annual fee. Families are encouraged to participate. Payment schedules are flexible, with the ability to pay by check or credit card on a yearly or quarterly basis. Monthly payments can be arranged with direct debit from your bank account. The annual fee to participate is $2,400, or $200 per month for adult patients. Younger family members, ages 16 to 25, may join for $600 annually, or $50 per month.
The annual fee is not in lieu of insurance. You will still need health insurance to cover other visits not included in the annual fee. Also, your existing coverage will be used for care you need outside of my office with specialists, hospitals, labs, x-rays, or pharmacies. Your health plan may reimburse a portion of the fee. Please check with your plan administrator, employer, or insurance agent for details.
A Personal Invitation to Join My Practice
Thank you for your interest in my Premium Care Internal Medicine practice.
I have created what I believe is the ideal medical practice; one that is smaller and more accessible, with enhanced personal attention. I invite you to learn about my approach and to become a member of Premium Care Internal Medicine.
The practice of medicine has changed substantially in the years since I began my medical career in Santa Barbara. Due to factors beyond my control, it has become increasingly difficult for doctors to provide the time, accessibility, and relationships that reflect my commitment to providing personalized health care. After long deliberation, I opened my new Premium Care Internal Medicine practice in 2004 so that I can provide the level of service that I think you and I would both prefer.
To achieve this goal, the number of patients I care for is limited to about one-quarter the size of a typical practice. My smaller practice assures your immediate access to me, and enables me to respond quickly to your medical needs. As a patient in my office, visits are longer and unhurried. You enjoy same or next day appointments and full availability by cell phone, pager, email, and website. I provide scheduled telephone appointments to permit more efficient use of your time. I take care of my patients when hospitalized, and I make house calls when needed. I place enhanced emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention, as well as personalized lifestyle counseling. There are minimal annoyances caused by health insurance and regulations.
Those who join my practice pay an annual fee, which includes all the amenities described above and in the accompanying literature. The annual fee is not in lieu of insurance. Your existing insurance should be maintained to cover additional visits and services not included in the annual fee, as well as those of other medical providers you might need outside our office.
Making well-informed decisions about your health care takes time. Please read and consider the many benefits you will enjoy as a patient in my Premium Care practice. Once you’ve had a chance to review the information on this website, I invite you to call my office and speak to me or one of my staff members for more information and to arrange a time to meet and get acquainted.
I hope you will consider joining me in my practice. My goal is to be the best doctor I can be, and to be there when you need me.
How to Join
If you would like to enjoy the benefits of my new intimate practice, please join by reading through the Participation Agreement and completing the Authorization Form. If you don’t already have the forms, they are available from my office at (805) 682-4011. Also, please call this number if you still have questions about Premium Care Internal Medicine. We’d be delighted to talk with you more about my unique approach to personalizing your health care.