By: Janet Kiss, Membership on June 30th, 2022
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We know there may be uncertainty when switching to concierge medicine in Richmond, VA. How do you know you’re choosing the right home for your healthcare? You might read Yelp reviews. Make a post on Facebook asking for recommendations. Maybe talk with a trusted friend. You might not even know where to start. We’re here to help. PartnerMD has been the leader in concierge medicine in Richmond since 2003.
We know there may be uncertainty when switching to concierge medicine in Richmond, VA. How do you know you’re choosing the right home for your healthcare?
You might read Yelp reviews. Make a post on Facebook asking for recommendations. Maybe talk with a trusted friend. You might not even know where to start. We’re here to help.
PartnerMD has been the leader in concierge medicine in Richmond since 2003.
Our doctors provide comprehensive, high-quality care to patients from our three offices in the Richmond area – one on Forest Avenue in Henrico County, one in the GreenGate development just off Broad Street in Short Pump, and one in the Millworks Building off Coalfield Road in Midlothian.
But we’re not the only option. As you investigate concierge medicine in Richmond, you’ll find several options across the Richmond metro area.
It can be difficult to keep all that information straight as you’re comparing your options. That’s what we are here to do. Keep reading for a straightforward comparison of concierge medicine practices in Richmond, VA.
Similarities of Concierge Medicine in Richmond, VA
To start, it’s important to understand what features are standard throughout concierge medicine. You will see these features from virtually all concierge doctors in Richmond, VA.
- Out-of-pocket membership fee
- Same-day or next-day appointments for sick care
- Little to no waiting at the office
- Longer appointments with your physician
- After-hours care and weekend access
Differences of Concierge Medicine in Richmond, VA
What differences should you be looking for in each practice? The personality of the doctors is the obvious one.
One of the key factors in choosing the right concierge physician for you is to find a doctor you like and trust. But beyond that, the core differences include:
- Cost of membership
- Whether they participate with health insurance plans
- Whether they are only direct pay or offer a cash pay option
- Length of the contract, including whether you can pay and cancel monthly or annually
- Size of the practice
- Access to physicians vs. nurse practitioners vs. physician assistants
- Annual physical options
- Wellness services
- Specifics of after-hours and weekend access
Then there are additional, smaller differences depending on the practice. In the rest of this article, we’ll dive into the different features offered at a handful of concierge medical practices in Richmond, VA.
Hopefully, by the end of it, you’ll be closer to selecting the best concierge medicine provider in Richmond, VA for you.
Concierge Medicine Options in Richmond, VA
As a thriving city surrounded by heavily populated suburbs, there are numerous health care options in the Richmond area, including concierge medicine.
- Executive Health Group
- Whole Health Physicians, Midlothian, VA
- Family Practice Specialists of Richmond
Concierge Medicine in Richmond, VA: Cost
The cost of concierge medicine generally ranges anywhere from $1,200 to $10,000.In the Richmond area, you can find many options on the lower end of that spectrum. See below for a comparison of the annual cost at each practice.
|WellcomeMD||Not publicly available.|
|Executive Health Group||Not publicly available.|
|Whole Health Physicians, Midlothian, VA||Not publicly available.|
|Family Practice Specialists of Richmond||Not publicly available.|
Some practices also offer discounts for additional adult family members, young adults, and children. For example, at PartnerMD, we offer a discounted rate for additional adults ($200 off) and special rates for young adults ages 22-25 ($91.67 per month) and children ages 6-21 ($62.50 per month.
One thing to keep an eye on as you investigate your option is payment plans. Can you pay monthly, quarterly, or annually? Is the cost different depending on your method of payment? What is the cancellation policy?
At PartnerMD, for example, you can cancel at any time with 30 days’ notice and if you’ve paid ahead, we’ll prorate your money back. This is one of the primary differences between PartnerMD and MDVIP— if you've already received your annual physical for the year at MDVIP, they do not prorate your money back.
Use our online cost calculator to get an idea of what the cost of your concierge medicine membership in Richmond might be.
Last Updated: 4/4/2022
Concierge Medicine in Richmond, VA: Size of Each Practice
Are you looking to find a home for your whole family? Are you an adult who wants to consider an internal medicine physician vs. a family practice physician? Maybe you prefer a male doctor or a female doctor?
Do you want the flexibility of being able to switch doctors, but stay at the same practice, if needed? If so, you may want to consider the size of the practice and how that will affect your decision-making process.
Richmond Concierge Doctors: Internal Medicine vs. Family Practice
|Practice||Internal Med||Family Practice|
|PartnerMD - Richmond||7||5|
|PartnerMD - Short Pump||0||4|
|PartnerMD - Midlothian||0||4|
|MDVIP - Richmond||2||0|
|MDVIP - Midlothian||0||7|
|Executive Health Group||0||4|
|Whole Health Physicians, Midlothian, VA||0||2|
|Family Practice Specialists of Richmond||0||2|
Richmond Concierge Doctors: Male vs. Female
|Practice||Male Doctors||Female Doctors|
|PartnerMD - Richmond||6||6|
|PartnerMD - Short Pump||3||1|
|PartnerMD - Midlothian||2||2|
|MDVIP - Richmond||2||0|
|MDVIP - Midlothian||6||1|
|Executive Health Group||2||2|
|Whole Health Physicians, Midlothian, VA||1||1|
|Family Practice Specialists of Richmond||2||0|
Click here to find a PartnerMD concierge doctor near you.
Concierge Medicine in Richmond, VA: Annual Physical Options
A physical that goes above and beyond what insurance covers is a staple of concierge medicine. But what each practice offers is slightly different.
|Practice||Annual Physical Options|
2-Hour Classic Physical charged to health insurance. Almost always covered 100%.
Options to upgrade to Enhanced (5-hour) or Signature (8-hour), which provide more advanced lab work through the Cleveland HeartLab, screenings, and consultations for the best in prevention and identification of health risks even before symptoms occur.
More information on our advanced physicals is available here.
|MDVIP||Included as part of their Wellness Program.|
|WellcomeMD||"Thorough annual physical examination" included with membership.|
|Executive Health Group||Comprehensive executive physical included with membership.|
|Whole Health Physicians, Midlothian, VA||"Extensive yearly exams and follow-up reviews" included with membership.|
|Family Practice Specialists of Richmond||"Annual comprehensive physical examination that includes health risk appraisals, lab panel, vision screening, and vital signs.|
Concierge Medicine in Richmond, VA: Wellness Services
Some concierge practices are strictly primary care. Some layer on additional services, such as wellness services.
When researching your options, think about what you’re looking for – are you just looking for a better primary care experience or do you want to enjoy additional amenities and offerings?
|Practice||Health Coaching||Wellness Programs|
|PartnerMD||One-on-one access to on-staff, certified health coaches included with membership.||Additional wellness programs specifically tailored for health issues, such as nutrition, exercise, stress and sleep, and brain health.|
|MDVIP||No on-staff health coaches.||Wellness program centers on the annual physical (discussed above).|
|WellcomeMD||Yes.||No information publicly available.|
|Executive Health Group||No information publicly available.||No information publicly available.|
|Whole Health Physicians||Health and nutrition coaching listed as a feature of membership.||No information publicly available.|
|Family Practice Specialists of Richmond||Nutritional assessment and fitness counseling is listed as a feature of membership.||No information publicly available.|
Concierge Medicine in Richmond, VA: After-Hours Care
One of the biggest pros of concierge medicine is the peace of mind you get from knowing you’ll get the care you need when you need it. That’s because almost every concierge practice provides some form of 24/7 after-hours access.
How they do it can vary – from third-party on-call services to nurse practitioners to your specific doctor.
|PartnerMD||24/7 access to a PartnerMD physician in your area. Our doctors split time handling after-hours, weekend, and holiday coverage.|
|MDVIP||24/7 access via pager, phone, or email.|
|WellcomeMD||24/7 access to your physician via phone or email.|
|Executive Health Group||24/7 access to your physician via office phone, cell phone, or email.|
|Whole Health Physicians||Availability via phone call or text when needed the most.|
|Family Practice Specialists of Richmond||Direct availability to your physician 24/7 via cell phone or email.|
Concierge Medicine in Richmond: The Next Step
Choosing a primary care physician is a major healthcare decision. And as with any big decision, we encourage you to check out your options.
The most important thing is that you find the right fit for you and your family. Invest the time with each practice to identify the right fit. Reach out to different practices and see if you can set up a tour. You can learn more about membership at PartnerMD here.If you’re ready to check out any of PartnerMD’s Richmond offices, schedule a visit with our team.
If you need more information on concierge medicine in general, check out our free e-book "Understanding Concierge Medicine."