FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Many years ago, Dr. Lee Forest, who has offices in Fairfield and Stratford, used to make house calls.
Forest, who also lives in Fairfield, is visiting patients at home again today through his new subscription-based care program.
Through his House Calls practice, Forest will visit patient’s home or even communicate with patients remotely.
“When we can’t be there — or when the patient can’t be there — we can conduct a visit over the Internet,” Forest said.
Forest’s subscription plans range from as low as $69 to $99 per month. While his new mobile practice doesn’t accept insurance, Forest said he geared his new practice toward consumers with no insurance or those with high-deductible insurance policies.
Forest said his practice is far more reasonable than the so-called “concierge” practices popping up in towns and cities across the United States.
“(Patients) can get their care all year long most of the time for much less than the concierge model cost,” he said.
Forest said concierge services usually provide only one free checkup as part of the service fee. Patients of doctors using that model are often charged for each additional visit, he said.
Forest said his subscription fee covers three house calls, a full physical exam, five virtual visits, free or discounted generic medicines and expedited appointments to see specialists.
Patients can also choose to purchase services in an a la carte fashion, Forest said.
Patients of his mobile practice will also have access to doctors in other states with similar practices, who will see patients for a $20 fee.
During his visits, he said he can conduct basic tests on site, including the test for strep throat.
Practices using the DPC model are on the rise nationwide. There were 4,400 private physicians in 2012 — up from 150 in 2005 , according to The Hill.
For more information on Forest’s mobile medical practice, visit his website here .
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