I have gone to both private doctors and wellness practitioners (plan doctors) and to me the difference is like night and day. my current GP spends an hour with me, reviewing and explaining my lab results. when i have needed hospitalization he was there reviewing my charts and redirecting the hospital staff. he knows my medical history personally, not just from spending 1.5 minutes looking at a chart prepared by ignorant idiots who compare lab results to an actuarial chart. and he has never decided, based upon one known to be inaccurate (but cheap) blood test that I am a TB carrier. He is worth the money.