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Comparing Concierge Medicine Jobs

Explore and compare different concierge medicine models. 

As concierge medicine grows in popularity, so do your options.

What started with two concierge doctors in Seattle in 1996 has grown to more than 12,000 concierge doctors nationwide. And with that many physicians, you've got several options for concierge medicine physician jobs. Learn more about your options below.  

Female concierge doctor chatting with a patient.

First things first, direct pay primary care and concierge medicine are not the same things.

Many physicians we talk to about concierge medicine physician jobs get concierge medicine and direct pay primary care confused. That’s not surprising. It is confusing.

They are different models of primary care and use two different methods to be reimbursed for care.

Concierge medicine involves the practice of adding a membership fee to more traditional insurance reimbursements so that its doctors can provide relationship-based care — with longer appointment times, same-day access, etc.

Direct pay works entirely outside of the health insurance model to get cash (or credit) reimbursement directly from the patient at the time of service. But direct pay practices don’t necessarily see fewer patients each day or spend more time with them.

Female concierge doctor chatting with a patient.

What are the common similarities of concierge medicine practices?

Some concierge medicine practices are affiliated with a larger hospital system or franchise network. Some are independently owned and operated by the physician(s). PartnerMD is a subsidiary of Fortune 500 insurance company Markel, and our physicians are employees of the business. 

There are several differences between each, but most concierge practices are similar in a few ways.

Reduced patient panel. Sizes vary but usually 400-600.

Reduced appointments per day. Usually 6-10.

Longer appointments, usually at least 30 minutes.

Charge patients an annual membership fee between $1,000-$4,000. Anything higher we'd consider VIP Medicine or Luxury Medicine

Offer the standards of concierge medicine to patients — same-day or next-day scheduling, 24/7 access to care, little to no waiting, and longer appointments. 

Accept health insurance and Medicare. Remember, direct pay practices do not accept any health insurance. 

What are the differences between concierge medicine practices?

Every practice operates a little bit differently. To find the right fit, you'll need to find the practice that best aligns with your preferences. At PartnerMD, our goal is to allow you to focus on your patients and being the best physician you can be, while we handle running the business. 

Why was PartnerMD the right choice for our doctors?

“PartnerMD allows me to take a more integrative approach to patient care. More time with the patient means we can focus on diet, exercise, and gut health. A 15-minute appointment just doesn’t allow for deep conversation into the “Hows & Whys” of a recommended treatment, let alone to follow up, see what’s working, and make adjustments.”

Dr. Rob Norris, PartnerMD Sandy Springs

“PartnerMD’s practice model gives physicians more time with their patients. This is so important to me because I went into family practice so I could treat my patients like family. And I never rush family.”

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Dr. Mark Petrizzi, PartnerMD Short Pump

"I feel supported here. Decisions are made locally, not by bureaucracy, and clinical teams make clinical decisions. Patients are able to reach me or my nurse easily, and if there's an issue, we can see them the same day. I can do a better job when I have more time to talk about the patient's concerns and more time to make sure they don't leave confused."

Dr. Lindsay Sherrard, Concierge Doctor, PartnerMD Midlothian

Stay in touch with PartnerMD.

Join our mailing list and explore concierge medicine on your own terms.

We've helped dozens of doctors switch to concierge medicine, and we know it isn't easy.

Join our mailing list and we'll send you periodic updates on PartnerMD and concierge medicine in general.

Stay in touch, so when you're ready to take the next step, you'll be as informed as possible. 

Join the Mailing List

Stay in touch with PartnerMD.

Join our mailing list and explore concierge medicine on your own terms.

We've helped dozens of doctors switch to concierge medicine, and we know it isn't easy.

Join our mailing list and we'll send you periodic updates on PartnerMD and concierge medicine in general.

Stay in touch, so when you're ready to take the next step, you'll be as informed as possible.