Valley Immediate Care CEO
"When you think about how many dollars are spent for medical infrastructure, there's a huge amount that doesn't go toward patient care," Kell said.
Valley Immediate Care opened in 1999 and has grown to five offices with 130 employees in three counties. The most recent satellite location is in
An individual subscription costs
Kell noted that with typical office visits billing out at
Valley Immediate Care's focus is on the more common ailments, and Kell encourages people to also have a high-deductible catastrophic plan for major illness or injuries.
"If something happens, you're not going to use everything you own to pay medical bills," Kell said. "We'll be addressing the episodic cold, flu, fracture and laceration."
For employers struggling to find suitable plans, My Urgent Care 365 is an alternative for about
"They could add some wellness and catastrophic plans to go with our sick or injury urgent care benefits," Kell said. "It could even work for part-time employees as an added benefit."
For companies with fewer than 10 employees, Valley Immediate Care asks for a company credit card for billing to avoid invoicing, said Kell, a former operations direction at Southern Oregon Orthopedics.
With the federal government requiring health care coverage, more practices are exploring subscription models, including groups in
"Every time I look," Kell said. "Another urgent care group is moving that way."
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