Dr. Capaldini comes across as a compassionate doctor who really cares about her patients. I begin seeing her earlier this year after leaving my doctor of six years, and our first consultation went well. She spoke about her love of animals, and her desire to be connected to her patients. All good, right? Yep, until today.
Today, I was informed that Dr. Capaldini will be switching to a “concierge services” model, and will now be charging $1800 ($2000 if you can’t afford to hand it all over at once) for the privilege of being her patient. That is ON TOP of what she will be charging your insurance company. Her argument, on paper, is that this model pays more attention to preventative medicine, therefore it’s better. When I called her office to speak with someone about it, however, I was told the reason for the switch is that she has almost 2000 patients, and that it’s not sustainable for her to continue doing so. When I asked if she could perhaps just see fewer patients, I was met with silence.
The bottom line is, this doctor is ensuring that going forward, she only treats people with money. Considering the horrific state of healthcare in this country, I find it deplorable that she finds this an acceptable model. I’m disgusted that she is trying to put forth the notion that she is somehow doing something noble. She is not. She is acting on greed, and she should, as a friend pointed out to me, be publicly shamed as such.