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$35 doctor visits available at Cape Coral nonprofit

Friday, July 14, 2017  
Posted by: Christina Swiridowsky
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$35 doctor visits available at Cape Coral nonprofit

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By Dave Elias, Chief political reporter

 
CAPE CORAL, Fla. -Rising healthcare costs are making it difficult for many families to see a doctor. But one non-profit health care center in Cape Coral is charging just $35 to be seen and treated.

Seeing a doctor can be costly for those without insurance and those underinsured, but not at Samaritan Health and Wellness Center on Cape Coral Parkway. Patients can get an appointment for anything from the flu to a broken bone.

With healthcare coverage very much up in the air for so many, the non-profit said they expect to stay busy.

“Last December, I was preparing to die. Kind of hoped I would,” Art said.

Art, like many, hasn't had health insurance for five years. He was suffering from an alcohol addiction and for that reason doesn’t want to be identified.

“For the most part, I did without,” Art said.

He was unable to see a doctor for treatment until he discovered he could see a doctor for just $35 a visit.

“This organization has turned me around 100 percent,” Art said.

Samaritan Health and Wellness already sees 4,000 patients.

“We want to prevent mental illness and addiction,” said Leslie Robinson, a prevention specialist and one of the nearly dozen healthcare workers. “I think it's the last home of the family doctor."

Dr. Sue Hook is a nurse practitioner and sees about 22 patients a day.

“We serve primarily the working uninsured and underinsured. We don't take insurance and they pay a fee for their service,” Dr. Hook said.

The first visit is $50 and each visit after that is $35, but that's not how they keep the doors open. Most of it comes from donations.

“The other half comes from donations from churches, individuals, and small businesses,” Hook said.

Samaritan Health and Wellness is faith-based, which means they're non-profit and they say anyone is welcome.

They hope their model will catch on in other Southwest Florida cities.

“It would be awesome if Samaritan could be a place where other communities come and learn how to do this and take it back and build their own,” Hook said. 

And they could give patients like Art hope.

“It's a Godsend,” Art said with a smile and nod.

So if you can't afford the $35 doctors visit, they can work with you as some appointments are as low as $5 and $10.

They also don't recommend walking in. Samaritan suggests you call to get an appointment because of the growing number of patients visiting.


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