Doctors are in demand these days, and not just from patients. Physician’s offices are increasingly being snapped up by hospitals and investors alike. Acquisitions rose 47% last year, to hit 88, and though few prices are reported, those that were totaled over $2 billion.
For hospitals, adding MD offices can increase economies of scale as margins tighten under the Affordable Care Act. It’s also a good deal for investors who want in on promising health care businesses. Take concierge medicine, a model in which doctors charge patients a monthly fee that entitles them to longer appointments and home visits, among other perks. This retainer, which patients typically pay out of pocket, can run $1,800 a year or more. One such firm, Qliance, counts Jeff Bezos and comedian Drew Carey among its investors. Another, MDVIP, recently sold to PE firm Summit Partners for a reported $350 million.
A key benefit of the concierge model is that the extra money allows doctors to spend more time with fewer patients, rare in an era of doctor shortages. There are an estimated 6,000 concierge-style offices today, up 25% from just a few years ago, and Bain estimates that the number could triple. That won’t help with the dearth of doctors, but there are plenty of practices whose financial prognoses look healthier.
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A version of this article appears in the March 15, 2016 issue of Fortune with the headline "Doctors Are So Hot Right Now."