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FLORIDA: “Medical Memberships Fill Some Gaps When People Can’t Afford Insurance”

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By Rebecca Smith • Feb 9, 2017

Originally published on January 31, 2017 2:48 pm

When Joe Morris had a heart attack last Easter and had to be rushed to the ER, it was the first time he’d been to the doctor in more than 40 years — since high school. Back home in the small community of Neosho, Mo., Morris needed follow-up care to manage his heart disease and diabetes, but he didn’t have a doctor — or insurance. Paying cash to a doctor in nearby Joplin was costing him $285 a visit — plus gas and time. It was too much.  “If you can’t afford it, you can’t afford it,” Morris says. “I could either have a home and eat or give it to a doctor and live on the street.”  Then he heard about a doctor in Neosho doing something different. This doctor didn’t require insurance, offered unlimited office visits, provided some labs and medications at wholesale cost and gave out his cell phone number so patients could call or text any time. All for just $60 a month.

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SOURCE: http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/medical-memberships-fill-some-gaps-when-people-cant-afford-insurance#stream/0

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