Some health-care providers are leaving the traditional practice model for alternatives that put more emphasis on time spent with patients.
A small group is walking away from insurance companies and the overhead tied to filing claims in favor of up-front payments from patients and a model known as boutique or concierge medicine.
For physicians such as Dr. Gina Love-Walker, it was time to go out on her own. The internist spent 16 years in a traditional practice before launching Your Private MD LLC in Columbus with husband Doug Walker.
She is now one of 4,400 concierge doctors in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Private Physicians.