‘Concierge medicine’ rises in LA, and a Santa Monica doctor helps Afghans with medical care and food

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A health care provider prepares a client for an IV infusion — a procedure offered at some “concierge medicine” practices. Photo by Shutterstock.

To get medical treatment without waiting weeks, you might have to break the bank. For those who can afford it, they’re increasingly turning to “concierge medicine,” so they can avoid crowded and potentially infectious waiting rooms. Some are concerned that this private option for the wealthy will complicate efforts to create an equitable health care system.

Plus, LA Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer talks about transmission and vaccination rates, as LAUSD is back in session and Angelenos are heading into colder months. Also, one doctor in LA is helping Afghans get access to medical care and food.