Easy Transition

Loyal patient extols benefits of concierge medicine.

David Harb, 52, is general manager for the entertainment company Live Nation North Florida. His main responsibility is to oversee the operation of the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.

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David Harb

“It’s my job to make sure the facility functions smoothly during shows and events,” David describes. “I also ensure that the building is properly maintained.”

David’s been seeing the same primary care provider for more than 25 years. His mother worked for the physician as a nurse and recommended him. David’s doctor is Michael A. Zimmer, MD, a board-certified internist at Zimmer Medical Services in St. Petersburg.

Dr. Zimmer practices concierge medicine, a practice model in which physicians see fewer patients, which allows them to spend more time with their patients. David was happy to transition to Dr. Zimmer’s concierge practice.

“The personal care is what I like most about concierge medicine,” David states. “Dr. Zimmer really takes care of his patients and makes things happen. He took good care of me when I suffered nerve problems in my neck. He got me in to see the right specialists very quickly, and he made the process easy.”

Under the traditional model of care, internists often see 25 to 30 patients a day, which gives them little time to spend with each patient during a scheduled appointment. It isn’t enough to really examine them and talk about their symptoms and health needs, Dr. Zimmer observes.

“When you have that many people to care for, you have little time available to discuss the details related to their care,” the internist confirms. “Internal medicine physicians nationwide typically have fifteen-minute blocks to follow up with patients. It is very difficult to do a comprehensive evaluation of all the patients’ complex issues.”

The concierge model of care, on the other hand, is based on a limited membership, so physicians have fewer patients to see, allowing them to spend more time with each patient.
“With fewer patients, doctors can provide each patient with longer visits to address all their different health issues and answer all the questions they have regarding their care,” Dr. Zimmer elaborates.

“Physicians make themselves available to members of the practice not only through extended office visits, but also by email and telephone. They are also available after hours at night and on weekends and see patients according to their medical needs.”

“One thing that impresses me most about Dr. Zimmer is his incredible attention to detail,” David says. “And he follows up and makes sure his patients are doing okay. It makes me feel like I’m being well taken care of, and that’s a nice feeling to get from a doctor.

“The results of the treatment on my neck were great. I underwent surgery and feel much better.

Dr. Zimmer made the right decisions for me. I trust him with my health and my life. That’s why I’ve stayed with him all these years.”

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