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Melissa Gifford

By: Melissa Gifford on August 5th, 2021

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Comparing Concierge Medicine: PartnerMD vs. MDVIP

Concierge Medicine | Membership

During your search for concierge medicine near you, you’re likely to come across MDVIP. A national network of independent concierge medicine practices, MDVIP’s franchise network consists of more than 900 concierge doctors in almost every state in the United States.

At PartnerMD, we often talk to people who are also thinking about joining an MDVIP practice. And it makes sense – the breadth of their network puts them in each of our markets. We know it can be a tough decision, figuring out what each practice offers and deciding the best fit for you.

Ultimately, that’s what we want. For you to find the best fit for you, so you get the kind of primary care you deserve. And to do that, you need all the information in one place. So that’s what we’re going to do.

Keep reading for a comparison of MDVIP vs. PartnerMD. Then, hopefully, you’ll have the information you need to make the right decision for you and your family.

PartnerMD vs. MDVIP: Similarities

First, it’s important to understand the basics of concierge medicine at both MDVIP and PartnerMD. You will see some form of these features at both places.

  • Out-of-pocket membership fee
  • Same-day or next-day appointments for sick care
  • Little to no waiting at the office
  • Longer appointments, often at least 30 minutes
  • After-hours and weekend access

PartnerMD vs. MDVIP: Differences

While the features listed above are standard, there are some key differences that will likely help you make a final decision. This list provides a good summary of the major differences. Click on each to jump to that section or keep reading to start at the top. 


PartnerMD vs. MDVIP: Market-by-Market Options

As mentioned before, MDVIP overlaps with PartnerMD in each market. The key difference to remember is that MDVIP offices are independently owned and operated, so while they may have several MDVIP offices in one market, they are technically independent of each other. PartnerMD physicians are always full-time employees of the practice working together every day.

The size of each practice could be a key differentiator for you. And by size, we mean the number of doctors available. Maybe you want the flexibility of picking from multiple options under one roof. Maybe your spouse is committed to seeing only a doctor of the same gender. Or maybe you appreciate the personal touch of a truly solo practitioner.

PartnerMD vs. MDVIP in Richmond, VA

In the Richmond metro area, MDVIP has six male doctors in two offices in Midlothian, VA, and two male doctors in one Richmond office near Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. The Midlothian doctors are all family medicine, while the Richmond doctors are both internal medicine doctors.
PartnerMD has three offices in the Richmond area.

PartnerMD vs. MDVIP in Northern Virginia

  • MDVIP has more than 50 concierge doctors (both family doctors and internists) scattered in offices throughout Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

  • PartnerMD’s McLean office features two internal medicine physicians — Dr. Kaleen Kitay and Dr. Mandana Shafai

PartnerMD vs. MDVIP in Baltimore, MD

  • MDVIP has eight physicians practicing in several offices in the Baltimore area. The majority are in a building off Quarry Lake Drive in Pikesville. Seven of their Baltimore-area doctors are internal medicine doctors and one is a family medicine doctor.

  • PartnerMD’s office in Owings Mills features Dr. Ellie Goldbloom and Dr. Tamara Sobel, both internal medicine doctors.

PartnerMD vs. MDVIP in Greenville, SC

  • MDVIP has three doctors, Dr. Ron Phillips, Dr. Leslie Long, and Dr. Nancy Netter, operating three different offices in the Greenville area – one on South Venture Drive just off I-385 and two in offices off Buena Vista Way near the Pelham Road Walmart. They are all internal medicine physicians.

  • PartnerMD Greenville has three doctors, Dr. Jim Burford, Dr. Jack Durham, and Dr. Jana Morse, located at our office off Pelham Road in Greenville. Our two male doctors are family physicians who can see ages five and up. Dr. Morse is an internal medicine physician, so she sees adults only.

PartnerMD vs. MDVIP in Atlanta, GA

  • MDVIP lists 13 internal medicine doctors at several different offices throughout the Atlanta area.

  • PartnerMD’s office in Sandy Springs features Dr. Rob Norris, a family medicine doctor, and Dr. Catherine Dekle, an internal medicine doctor.

(Check out a full list of PartnerMD locations here.)

PartnerMD vs. MDVIP: Cost

The cost of concierge medicine throughout the country varies from $1,200 per year to as high as $10,000 per year.

Both MDVIP and PartnerMD fall on the lower end of the spectrum. At MDVIP, you can pay quarterly, semi-annually, or annually.

At PartnerMD, you can pay monthly or annually and cancel at any time with 30 days’ notice. We also offer discounts for additional adults, young adults, and children. Below is a comparison chart with annual rates in each market. 

  Richmond Northern Virginia Baltimore Greenville Atlanta
PartnerMD $2,200 $2,200 $2,200 $2,000 $2,000
MDVIP $1,800 $1,650-$2,700 $1,650-$1,980 $1,650-$1,980 $1,800

PartnerMD vs. MDVIP: Annual Physical Options

One of the big differences between traditional primary care and concierge medicine is the advanced annual physical.

  • PartnerMD: With Membership at PartnerMD, we charge our standard Classic (2-Hr) Physical to your health insurance, which is almost always covered at 100% under the Affordable Care Act.

    In addition, we offer the ability to upgrade each year to our Enhanced (5-hr) Physical or our Signature (8-hr) Physical, which offer more advanced lab work through Cleveland HeartLab, screenings, and consultations for the best in prevention and identification of major health risks like heart and vascular screenings even before symptoms occur.

    These upgraded physicals include more than 30 customization options so you and your physician can make your physical as unique as you are. More information on our advanced physicals is available here.

  • MDVIP: Their Wellness Program includes their version of an annual physical and is included in the cost of the membership. This program includes advanced medical tests and health screenings typically not covered by commercial insurance or Medicare.

    Because MDVIP’s annual physical is included in their membership fee, they typically do not refund the full membership fee if you already had your physical completed but want to cancel your contract. If you have not yet had your physical for that year, they will pro-rate. 


PartnerMD vs. MDVIP: Wellness Services

This is one area you will see a major difference. Since PartnerMD was founded in 2003, wellness and prevention have been at the heart of what we do.

  • PartnerMD: One-on-one access to PartnerMD’s certified health coaches is included in the cost of your membership. They work hand-in-hand with you and your doctor throughout the year to help you achieve your goals.

    PartnerMD also offers several programs specifically tailored for health issues, such as MetabolizePMD, which helps individuals achieve metabolic wellness and lose weight through the latest in healthy eating, and HarmonizePMD, which focuses on stress and sleep.

    In addition, our health coaches create weekly videos throughout the year to keep you educated and inspire you to be your best self.

  • MDVIP: MDVIP does not have health coaches on staff or any specifically tailored wellness programs. Their Wellness Program is centered on the advanced annual physical (discussed above) and is coordinated with the doctor.

PartnerMD vs. MDVIP: After-Hours Care

Some form of after-hours on-call care is standard at almost every concierge medicine practice. After all, the peace of mind from knowing you’ll get the care you need when you need it is one of the main pros of concierge medicine.

  • PartnerMD: We guarantee 24/7/365 access to a PartnerMD physician in your area. Our doctors split time handling after-hours, weekend, and holiday coverage.

    This means you will always be speaking to a doctor in your local PartnerMD office, and never a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.

    At our solo doctor offices (McLean and Sandy Springs), PartnerMD doctors in other offices cover for them occasionally on call, ensuring access to your medical records and information so you get the informed care you need when you need it.

  • MDVIP: Doctors at MDVIP provide 24/7 access for their patients via pager, phone, or email after hours, on weekends, or on a holiday.

    If on vacation, their doctors arrange for another doctor to provide coverage. Because MDVIP offices are independently operated, this could be another MDVIP doctor or it could be another doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant in the area.


PartnerMD vs. MDVIP: When Your Doctor Retires

One thing many people value is aging with their doctor. In an ideal world, they’re with you from early adulthood into middle age and through to your retirement years. But, of course, doctors retire, too. So what happens at PartnerMD and MDVIP when a doctor retires?

  • PartnerMD: We actively discuss succession planning with our doctors. We would not let a doctor get to retirement without having at least one other doctor ready to take over your care (with a crossover period where both doctors are available).

    We take continuity of care during any transition seriously and your records and health history would seamlessly transfer since you’d be transitioning to a doctor within the PartnerMD family.

  • MDVIP: Because MDVIP doctors and practices operate independently of each other, a retiring doctor situation might cause you to have to find a brand-new practice outside the MDVIP umbrella.

    This is especially true if your MDVIP doctor operates as a sole practitioner. You might be able to find an MDVIP doctor taking new patients at a different practice, but there is no guarantee.

Take the Next Step

Our goal is for you to make the best decision for yourself and your family. That might be with PartnerMD. Or it might not be. And that’s ok. We encourage you to check out your options.

Our advice? Invest the time with each concierge medicine practice to make sure you find the right fit. If you’re ready to learn more about PartnerMD, check out these options:

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