Dr. Bob Posted January 6, 2011 Report Share Posted January 6, 2011 When I started my certification clinics, I always had an end goal... Michigan is a state with 20% unemployment and more than 40% of adults don't have any or enough insurance to pay for even routine care. Many of my patients try and come in with no records because they don't have the insurance to go to a doctor. This is a situation I find intolerable. Starting this month I am opening an office in Mt. Pleasant, 311 West Michigan right in the front of the same building as the Compassionate Apothecary. We are going to take medical care out of the hands of the insurance companies and put it back in the hands of the patients and doctors where it belongs. The practice is geared to working, relatively healthy adults 18-64 without insurance but in need of periodic visits for preventative health, sinus infections, minor injuries, etc. Cost will be $400 per year (payable in $100 payments over 4 months) and $35 a visit. No insurance will be billed or accepted (and no cost for 2 billing clerks, the 6 month delay in payment, and my flipping ulcer dealing with those faceless clods who think they know better than me what you do and don't need), you pay at the door the old fashioned way. Meds will be off the $4 a month list from local pharmacies, and you are on your own for xrays, labs, and hospital visits. Just good, basic care at a very reasonable cost (about the cost of 1 month of commercial insurance- but covers you the whole year). MMJ certifications with records can be served by appointment, just as any of my other clinics and at the same cost. Those without records and in the Mt. P area can join, I'll evaluate them over several visits and do the certification after a medical record and dr/pt relationship is established as office visit. I am also considering offering suboxone therapy in addition to regular medical care. If this experiment works out and is financially viable, I am going to expand it to other areas in the state. I feel there is a real need for this service. More importantly, it shows the higher purpose behind my certification clinics. While I believe in MMJ, the clinics were just the start of the work I plan on doing. One of the things we need to add into the mix of selecting a certification clinic for our cards is not just price and if they are Redden compliant and professional. Perhaps we should also consider supporting a higher cause. This is mine. Dr. Bob Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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