NEOSHO, MO.--- It's a time of great change in the medical industry. Neosho city leaders say there's an imbalance between medical care and the access to it.
"First of all, we have a lack of physicians in general in the U.S. We're not graduating enough physicians, many are in retirement mode and of course there's more and more medical care needed in the United States as our population ages," said Mike Franks, CEO Neosho Area Business and Industrial Foundation.
"It focuses on a direct patient-doctor relationship because it cuts out the middle man, insurance companies.
"You've got to see 4,5,6,7 patients an hour in order to make ends meet, and so you ask your doctor a question and they immediately appear frustrated. Well your slowing down the process and that is what involving insurance and primary cares does," said Doctor Joseph Sheppard, D.O, Free Market Physician Family.
Instead patients pay a monthly bill directly to the doctor and that covers everything they offer in the clinic.
"Unlimited office visits, you have my cell phone on nights and weekends, and the goal is that if you have a good relationship with your doctor and can actually access them, you're going to stay out of the E.R. and out of the hospital and save a lot of money on that side," said Dr. Sheppard.
City leaders say it's a doctor on retainer. Plus, it allows medical doctors to practice medicine their way, putting the patient first.
"So that's just a different way of providing medical care and I think we need all the options on the table as we do have this national shortage of medical care availability in the US," said Franks.
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