A sign of things to come?

We have concierge practices, now people can pay extra for “priority access” at emergency rooms:

The 95-year-old financially ailing Southampton Hospital – the only serious medical emergency center on the South Fork – is offering a plan aimed at wealthy summer visitors whose primary doctors are back in Manhattan and out of reach, presumably along with the hospital’s sense of propriety. For $6,000 per family, or $3,800 for individuals, not including doctors’ fees, cardholders in the Southampton PLUS plan are entitled to “priority access” to medical care at the hospital from May 28 to Sept. 26.

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