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Critics: Boutique doctors will further health care inequalities

A healthcare trend called "concierge medicine" is growing in popularity. Concierge doctors offer same day appointments, no long waits and personalized care. But it all comes at a steep price.

Nicknamed "boutique doctors," concierge medicine carries the air of something just for the rich and the benefits are hard to argue. The question is what happens to those who can't afford to pay?

In concierge medicine doctors require patients pay a subscription fee of sorts to be seen at their practice.

The American Academy of Private Physicians says the number of concierge doctors is growing fast, up 25% in 2012 to 4,400 nationally. That's about 1.5 million Americans now paying for so called "boutique doctors."

Critics worry there eventually will be a shortage of non-concierge doctors. That would mean even longer wait times and restricted access for low income patients and the formerly uninsured patients President Obama's Affordable Care Act is supposed to bring into the health care system.

The government has studied this issue and concluded the concierge system does not violate any federal laws. And concierge doctors point to studies that show their patients have lower hospitalization rates that regular practices.

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