It's the newest trend in medical care, but with the oldest kind of payment plan. No insurance, just a flat fee for doctor visits.
That's the theory behind Premier Health Clinics which opened this week in Lubbock. Doctor visits are $35. Lab work, x-rays and other tests are described as extremely discounted. It's a trend that began on the West coast, and is quickly finding its way across America.
"We don't have to hire people to do billing. We don't have to worry about expensive programs to bill people through the Internet, we don't have accounts receivable problems where insurance companies don't pay you for months at a time and all the sudden you have a bunch of money hanging out there and you have to wait to get paid. All that is about 35% to 40% of the overhead costs in traditional medicine so we've taken that 40% and passed it to the patient," says physician's assistant Al Bendeck.
You'll find Premier Health Clinics at 4833 50th Street.