As an elite member of society, you have resources that can be used to push ahead your own agenda. However, your disadvantage is that your time is limited and it is very expensive. There is one principle that can make sense of this in most situations: Use cash.
Physicians are human (for the most part). We have families, responsibilities, and we would prefer to be paid for our services in a timely manner. However, reality is much different than this. In the insurance-paid word, most physicians who bill through insurance will get paid on average 60 to 90 days later. This is the perfect setup for someone of your stature to take advantage of. If you are pressed for time, or need more of it, use cash to your advantage, ie: to push your own agenda.
One of the classic ways which we have found as a very effective use of your time and resource is your PCP/specialist visit. On average, most patients encounter their provider for less than 5 minutes. That is not acceptable for you. This does not allow time for you to ask the appropriate questions, get an explanation of the benefits and consequences of what the provider is suggesting, and get a specific plan for the future for the issue you came in for. To rectify this, we found a very simple way to increase the amount of time you see and to put it on your own schedule.
Call the clinic ahead of time, tell them what time you want to come in, and book that slot using 1.5 to 2.5 times cash for that time period. If a 15-minute visit is not enough, request to book the time slot after in the same manner. You will probably get put on hold and once the receptionist returns, you will be prioritized over other patients. Everyone loves cash, even physicians. Believe me, you will be doing them a favor. In modern American medical culture, rarely does someone pay upfront for an insurance paid based visit. You will definitely raise some eyebrows and make people happier. Please note well that if your time is valuable and precious, this can be used as a great advantage to you. Consider the following ways:
If you have a small procedure or a day surgery, a smaller facility will always be more amenable to scheduling. In these facilities, it is not unheard of to offer up to 60% discount to those who pay upfront. Examples of this can be seen in outpatient procedures and day surgeries.
Send a gift to the office – if you need a visit, this will help people remember who you are. Make an offering if they can give you your office notes to take home.