Concierge medicine or direct care has become very popular in the last few years, and as a somewhat new phenomenon, it is often misunderstood. This is partly because the kind of plan one can choose varies greatly, from practice to practice, as well as within a single practice. The general conception of concierge care as VIP medical care comes from the “fee for care” practice, where a patient pays an annual retainer— up to a few thousand dollars per year— for the doctor’s full range of services. Under this model, the practice accepts no payments from insurance policies or Medicare, although the patient may still wish to use one or both of these to cover the cost of prescriptions, accessories, hospital stays, and the like. The annual fee covers the cost of office visits, grants the patient access to the doctor by phone at any time of day or night, and allows the patient to make appointments on short notice.
Another type of direct care, the “fee for non-covered services” model, still requires a yearly retainer from patients, this time ranging from a few hundred, and up to a couple thousand dollars. This plan does not include office visits; these are either covered out of pocket or paid for by Medicare of the patient’s insurance policy. Even uninsured patients or those with limited insurance can benefit from this sort of plan, as the yearly fee and the office fee are quite affordable, particularly for those in relatively good health. Concierge care focuses as much on wellness and prevention as it does on the treatment of illness, and so includes consultations during which patients and doctors might work together to develop a diet and nutrition plan. Moreover, this model is built with the idea that doctors need to spend more time talking with their patients and understanding the source of their health issues. Often illness is rooted in stress and anxiety. With this knowledge, your doctor might suggest meditation or yoga for stress reduction and pain relief. Because insurance and Medicare do not cover holistic healthcare, you can see how for a relatively healthy individual without insurance, this model of healthcare is a great value. In fact, this model is a boon to those without insurance, as these individuals typically avoid the doctor’s office except in emergencies or severe illness. Uninsured Americans typically seek care either in the emergency room or in walk-in clinics. The waits in these facilities can be agonizing and the expense outrageous. Under concierge care, patients can make appointments on short notice, and usually get in to see a doctor on the same day. In addition, a patient’s care plan can be extended to the rest of his or her family for only a small extra charge. Find out more about concierge medicine and learn how AAPP is working to improve private healthcare in the US.
- The presence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
- Dress by themselves
- 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
- Whole grain breads and cereals
- Read a how-to book
The water is clear at a nice temperature, and the sand clean and soft. The boardwalk running along the beach is swept clean everyday and as far as town beaches go, this is up there with the best – the type of beach Australia is famous for! There are much less people up this end and a quiet spot for the kids to play in the sand. The absolute best smoothie, we’ve ever had was at the Sunday Farmer’s Market in Noosa from the store The Sunflower Hotel. I can still taste it and Caz yearns to have just one more sip of her heavenly Mother Nature – mint, cacao, banana, maca, medjool dates topped with cacao nibs. It’s a meal in itself. And when I say smoothies, I’m talking bursting with colour, trumped up with vibrant energy and full of nourishing superfoods. The Sunflower Hotel is THE destination. I’ve been disappointed with every smoothie I’ve had since this one. The markets are a great place to get your fresh fruit and veg, just bear in mind you are in Noosa so prices might not be your typical farmer’s market prices.
There is a huge variety of cafes and restaurants to eat at in Noosa. It is a tad on the expensive side so beware. We only tried a couple, but you can check out our Facebook fan suggestions at the bottom of this post for more eating suggestions. Stylish, yet casual, Cafe Le Monde is a local favourite and came highly recommended. Caz enjoyed a nice quinoa salad although would have loved more quinoa. Big tick for the coffee too! Recommended by our followers on Facebook, 10 Hastings Street Cafe is a casual, funky cafe at the quieter end of Hastings Street good for breakfast or lunch with a friendly vibe and well priced meals for Noosa. Give the smoothies a try, and the soy latte was memorable too! Hard to beat the views over Main Beach, Noosa Surf Club is like most surf clubs relaxed and family friendly, and good for lunch and dinner, or breakfast on the weekends! Not fine dining but possibly the cheapest water view place you’ll eat at in Noosa, it has your typical surf club decor and our kids always love getting the kiddies activity bags with their meals.
For great coffee, go and see Henry from Wonderland Espresso Bar, the mobile coffee entrepreneur positioned on the street at the driveway entrance to the Mantra French Quarter Hotel (15 Noosa Drive). He’s a young guy with a passion for making coffee. Grab one to go or pull up a milk crate. If you plan your Noosa visit for May, you could even take in the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival which is now in its twelfth year, and one of Australia’s premier food, wine and lifestyle event. Whilst in Noosa, we took a quick drive around to Noosaville which was bigger than I expected, and other nearby towns at this end of the sunny coast worth a drive are Coolum and Peregian Beach. We love to ask our Facebook followers for suggestions on things to do when we visit a town. Marlies Harting – ferry at sunset, Eumundi Markets on Wednesday and Saturday, kayaking, Noosa Everglades, rent a bike or scooter. Oh and eat at the Noosa Beach Hous! Sally Wilson – my fave holiday place!
For a nice meal out with kids, I love Rickys or Wood Fire Grill on Noosa Sound. They’re right on the river and next to a little playground so the kids can play while you wait for your meal. On Hastings St, Bistro C for amazing breakfasts, Miss Moneypenny’s for a cocktail, and Cafe La Monde is always a family fave. The surf club is great for casual family meals and it’s right on the beach. At Noosaville I love Thomas Corner Eatery. If you want a fancy adult’s only dinner I’d recommend Berardo’s or Sails (both on Hastings St) or Wasabi at Noosa Sound. And my kids love to catch the ferry on the Noosa River! Dionne Tanner – If you’re walking around Noosa definitely hit up Massimo’s Gelateria in Noosa Heads, love the rocher flavour! Also, if you want to drive for food, check out a cooking class or just go eat at Spirit House in Yandina.
Erica Wildey – Walk along the wooden path that runs on the beach. They also have lots of amazing sand castle makers that put tea lights in these sandcastles. Shandelle Kenane – Head to nitro genie in Hastings street, go on a sunset river cruise, dinner at Bombay Bliss in Tewantin or if you have a 4wd spend a day on Noosa north shore. Budget Travel Talk – Peregian Beach is our fave. Has a Sunday Market on the Beach front near the Surf Club too. Yandina has a nice local market and good healthy cafes. Celeste Mitchell – Go to burger bar in Noosaville. Order the Dutch Oven! Thanks to our partnership with Mantra Hotels, we stayed at the Mantra French Quarter which has prime positioning on Hastings Street with easy access to the cafe scene, the National Park and a stumble across the road from the beach. We especially loved the tropical pool area and when we weren’t playing at the beach the girls loved this pool and the heated kid-friendly wading area. It was more than comfortable, we weren’t huge on the green decor but very chic none the less. Rooms come in 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, there’s 24 hour reception, complimentary in-house movies, and under-cover parking (a godsend in Noosa). We’ve been traveling consistently for 17 years and have come to rely on a few trusted websites that save us money and time when booking accommodation, flights and car rental. You get free cancellation on most rooms and a best price guarantee. Skyscanner is a comparison website that searches millions of flights. Once you find your best deal, book directly through the airline (no extra fees).