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Local Fort Lauderdale Clinic Offers $50 per Month Medical Care
How one Dad's search for answers spawned a whole new way to provide medical services to the uninsured.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Local Fort Lauderdale clinic offers $50 per month medical care to part-time employees that just lost their benefits at Walmart, Target and Home Depot.
1st Care Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale continues to defy the conventional wisdom in providing quality, affordable medical care to the South Florida area.
Greg Pittman, one of the founders and partners of 1st Care Medical Center, himself a parent of a disabled child, knows the frustrations and anxieties that can grip a family when access to medical care is out of reach for people. His daughter, Jacqui, was born with a neurological disability that proved to be extremely rare and tricky to diagnose. The hunt for the cause, and the search for a possible cure, is what drove Mr Pittman to become a Certified Physician's Assistant, enduring 6 years of long commutes, Saturday and Evening classes, all while working as a dental technician full time. He even did some midnight shifts in the Broward General Emergency Room. That is where he saw the need for a sensible alternative to people waiting until they are so sick that the ER is the last resort.
And while some of those hurt during the midnight shift needed the full attention of an emergency team, many visits could have been handled differently, he thought. "Visiting an ER for routine illnesses or for ailments that stem from limited access to a medical professional is just overkill", Mr Pittman states, "and the costs of even a minor accidental injury can devastate a family".
That's where the his idea for 1stCare came from. A modern, clean clinic where people with no health insurance, or those with high deductible plans, can get regular access to quality care, at an affordable price."We can diagnose and treat most ailments right here, but what is more important is that our patients know that they have a place to come if they or their family members get sick".
Almost always, it is better to come in at the first sign of symptoms.
"With our Immediate Care Coverage our patients get unlimited clinic visits included, so the thought is, "Come in right away - your visit is covered". He points out that his program is not a health insurance policy, but rather peace of mind that people can still get access to medical care. "We charge as little as $50 per month, and we have no minimum or maximum income restrictions, no Social Security number is required either".
Still, he maintains, a proper insurance policy should be the goal for all his patients."We have regular evening seminars where we bring in insurance people to prep for the next sign-up window."
1st Care Medical Center