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Old 11-19-2022, 05:46 AM
 
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In my search for a good or at least a better doc, I came across MDVIP. Has anyone had any experience with them?
https://www.mdvip.com/
When I checked the website, there were 3 internal medicine doctors within 40 miles.

Internal Medicine makes sense as often it is time consuming to tease out what exactly is going on.
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Old 11-19-2022, 07:10 AM
 
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In my search for a good or at least a better doc, I came across MDVIP. Has anyone had any experience with them?
https://www.mdvip.com/
Yes, my wife and I recently moved to Savannah and signed up with them last month. We've used concierge doctors in the past in both Miami and the Washington D.C. area and wanted to do so again. We scheduled "meet-and-greet" sessions first before signing our contract. I didn't care that much for the first doctor, but we liked the second and signed up with him. We're paying $1800/year per person, which is the same amount we paid in Miami, albeit with a different concierge practice.


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Cannot afford a concierge doctor and I think the concept is just for them to make more money without giving the patient anything more beneficial than a regular MD.

If I need something on a weekend, Urgent care is there for me and I visit them and get good medical care there.
What you're paying for is access. If you're ill and want to see your doctor, you are guaranteed being able to make an office visit within one day. You'll never here "our next available slot is a week from Wednesday." Moreover, you have the doctor's cell phone number, so if you just want to ask a question you can simply call or text him. And, of course, he's available nights and weekends should something arise.

And one thing I really like is that with every concierge doc we've had, there are no answering machines. If you call the office, you get a live person. No press 1 for this or press 2 for that, and then have to leave a message that will be returned within 24-48 hours.

And the concept isn't about the doctor just making more money without giving the patient anything more beneficial, it is giving the doctor the ability to limit the amount of patients in his or her practice so that the doctor can spend more time with each patient. Once they reach that limit, they won't accept any more patients into their practice.
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Old 11-19-2022, 04:15 PM
 
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We left our doctor that we used for years when he went concierge. As did more than half of his practice


We saw him at a social event and I talked to him about the loss to his practice. He said he didn't care because he maid just about the same as he was making before he switched, and he was working less.


Not for us but I guess it worked for him.
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Old 11-19-2022, 06:48 PM
 
Location: plano
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You and me both. I think the biggest issue with doctors these days is that they have too many patients—so many, in fact, that they are spread so thin that they can’t properly treat a lot of their patients. But that is another attraction of concierge medicine: patients paying more means less patients for the doc, which means that they have more time for each patient and/or individualized care.

Nevertheless, I think that you’re still taking a chance. Yet the worst case scenario is that you try it for a year, see no difference, then go back to a regular doc.
Our Primary Dr in Houston was MDVIP. It was great as we traveled some and it gives you quick access to good Drs at MDVIP facilities. How do they manage to do tht....my primary care Dr in Houston went from over 2000 patients before being MDVIP to 600. My wife has several chronic conditions and we need and use that access. While it is around $2k a year in non reimbursable costs. They focus on preventable actions to more than most Dr.s .

I highly recommend them and when and if I move use MDVIP nearby to eliminate some areas with out that type of practice.
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Old 11-19-2022, 08:44 PM
 
Location: PNW
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We left our doctor that we used for years when he went concierge. As did more than half of his practice


We saw him at a social event and I talked to him about the loss to his practice. He said he didn't care because he maid just about the same as he was making before he switched, and he was working less.


Not for us but I guess it worked for him.

I had a doctor for about 15 years. He would always spend as much time as needed. He was a good diagnostician and seemed to have a good network of specialists he referred to. I got in with him when he moved his practice to my side of town and was referred by my then current doctor who was scaling back.

However, he decided to go to MDVIP. I participated for one year simply because of what was going on with me at the time it happened and I was not able to pivot that quickly. Part of what he did was have events where he brought in specialists to do presentations. He did meet and greets where he'd go on walks with his MDVIP patients ??? Wine tasting ???

I agree; it was a benefit to the doctor more than the patients. They charged $2,000 a year and they did these rinky dink tests with questionable equipment in their office that they sent off to Cleveland Clinic for labwork. He had his wife and at least one daughter working for his business. I think he just got a big payoff because he did that at the end of his career and it only lasted about 3 years. He was able to hand off his patients that way too I guess.

What really irked me is that they were still billing my insurance. So, essentially it was just a lot more expensive for me without any payoff/benefit that I could justify paying $2,000 a year for. I left and have had wonderful doctors ever since that I have not paid $2,000 per year.

I think maybe the Medicare people benefitted in some way.
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Old 11-19-2022, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I appreciate all the posts and war stories about concierge MDs. I'll get back tomorrow, bedtime now but I had to hit this one, one of my biggest complaints about corporate medicine.

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Yes, my wife and I recently moved to Savannah and signed up with them last month. We've used concierge doctors in the past in both Miami and the Washington D.C. area and wanted to do so again. We scheduled "meet-and-greet" sessions first before signing our contract. I didn't care that much for the first doctor, but we liked the second and signed up with him. We're paying $1800/year per person, which is the same amount we paid in Miami, albeit with a different concierge practice.




What you're paying for is access. If you're ill and want to see your doctor, you are guaranteed being able to make an office visit within one day. You'll never here "our next available slot is a week from Wednesday." Moreover, you have the doctor's cell phone number, so if you just want to ask a question you can simply call or text him. And, of course, he's available nights and weekends should something arise.

And one thing I really like is that with every concierge doc we've had, there are no answering machines. If you call the office, you get a live person. No press 1 for this or press 2 for that, and then have to leave a message that will be returned within 24-48 hours.

And the concept isn't about the doctor just making more money without giving the patient anything more beneficial, it is giving the doctor the ability to limit the amount of patients in his or her practice so that the doctor can spend more time with each patient. Once they reach that limit, they won't accept any more patients into their practice.
AMEN!!! These factory doc answering bots drive me nuts. It takes five minutes for the bot to finish, then when you go on hold they play the most awfulest noise imaginable on earth or in hell. Loud loud loud and it's not music in any traditional sense of the word.

Concierge would almost be worth it just to ditch those awful answerbots. AMEN!
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Old 11-20-2022, 12:28 PM
 
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I don't see the value in paying $2000 a year for "access" to a physician. Every large metro area has Urgent Care. If you happen to live in the boonies, where there is no urgent care, then maybe concierge would be worth it. But I doubt there would be a concierge doc there anyway. And, who wants to wake up a doctor at 3am just to get him to say "Take an aspirin and go back to bed". If you cannot get a doctor here at 3am, the regular response is "call 911".
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Old 11-21-2022, 06:03 AM
 
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I don't see the value in paying $2000 a year for "access" to a physician. Every large metro area has Urgent Care. If you happen to live in the boonies, where there is no urgent care, then maybe concierge would be worth it. But I doubt there would be a concierge doc there anyway. And, who wants to wake up a doctor at 3am just to get him to say "Take an aspirin and go back to bed". If you cannot get a doctor here at 3am, the regular response is "call 911".
Most urgent care centers where I live work on banker hours. If you get sick after 5pm then its the ER and prices rise alot! That can make MDVIP look cheap.

the main advantage is that mdvip(conceige) drs know you and your problems. They do a good job of making referrals to specialists that suit the patient's problem and personality. They also know when the hospital screws up and prescribes the wrong antibiotic! Basically the patient is paying them for customer service. Customer service for anything is rare today and lots of time you get what you pay for.

My MDVIP dr asked me one time why I pay her when I dont believe in most of the wellness nonsense. I told her its because I ride even in my old age and if I get hurt I need someone who has my back so to speak! It happened. I was glad I had her. The discrimination and stereotyping against the elderly is horrific if you engage in a sport that other drs and nurses dont understand. Golf is ok but dont ride horses! I was glad I had my MDVIP dr!
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Old 11-21-2022, 09:33 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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We left our doctor that we used for years when he went concierge. As did more than half of his practice


We saw him at a social event and I talked to him about the loss to his practice. He said he didn't care because he maid just about the same as he was making before he switched, and he was working less.


Not for us but I guess it worked for him.
Well, the way medicine seems to be going these days, with the demands made on the docs ( ie, assembly-line 15 minute only visits, double booking to see the maximum number of patients in the least amount of time, their clinical judgement and practice of medicine overrun by insurance ( including Medicare) companies, can you really blame them?
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Old 11-26-2022, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I had a long appointment with my allergist a few months ago. We've always had a great relationship and I really like him.

He mentioned by-the-bye that my former pulmonologist at the same clinic had left PAMF and gone concierge. I burst out laughing. My ex-pulm had no bedside manner whatsoever and avoided eye contact with his patients. If I asked him a question I'd get a long rambling response while he stared off into space. At the end of it I wouldn't know any more than I did at the start.

Oh, he's going to make a GREAT concierge doctor...
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