Upfront payment for medical services is a reality at this Camden County clinic

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CAMDENTON, Mo. – People who live in and around Camdenton have a new option for treating minor health issues that don’t call for a trip to the emergency room.

Lighthouse Convenience Clinic is a walk-in clinic that lists its prices for the service so people know what they will be paying. Payment is made at the time of the appointment, avoiding insurance and surprises on a subsequent invoice. The clinic recently opened and is located near Highway 54.

Dr Steve Martin said the idea to open the clinic came to him during the COVID-19 pandemic when he saw patients being turned away or overpaid for simple procedures.

“We’re sort of going back to the way things used to be, which is having our prices listed before they write a check or charge your credit card. They know what they’re getting,” Martin said.

There aren’t many options for quick and affordable medical care in Camdenton, something John Backett, a patient at the Lighthouse Convenience Clinic, said he knew all too well.

Backett received two routine shots at Lighthouse, paying $120. He said if he had used his insurance it might have cost him a little less… but it would also have involved either a trip to Lebanon and time off or direct payment to a health care facility. local emergency.

“I would have been away more than an hour on the hour waiting for service at the doctor’s office if even I had been able to get in,” Backett said. “The best thing here was I was in and out and working within 30 minutes and didn’t have to go anywhere. It was here in town. It was worth maybe the extra bit of money that wasn’t my co-payment.

Dr. Martin’s wife, Laura, runs the clinic. She said that because insurance is not involved with their services, patients will never receive a surprise bill in the mail.

“I think one of the scariest things to get in the mail is a medical bill because you constantly see the doctor billing and the lab fees and then you think you’ve paid for it all and all of a sudden you turn around and there’s another bill in the mail. And we just don’t think that’s fair,” she said.

Dr Martin said medical care prices were inflated when it came to insurance.

“If the insurance pays for it, the prices just go up and up. So we try to cut as much as we can and step in at the lowest possible price. And yet, keep our doors open,” he said. -he declares.

The Martins said they know they won’t get rich, but their goal is to eliminate confusion and cost so people can get the care they need.

“You know, we’re just trying to provide service to everybody, people who have insurance but high deductibles or people who don’t have insurance or really anyone who needs to be seen,” said Laura Martin. “And they’ll know they’ll never get a bill from us.”

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