An anxious woman in her mid-40s showed up last winter at Atlas MD, a family doctorâ€™s office in Wichita. She had lost her job as a restaurant cook, and along with it her health insurance and her home. She needed to see a doctor.
Atlas MD isnâ€™t a free clinic. Itâ€™s a concierge medical practice, which means you canâ€™t get an appointment unless you pay cash. Atlas MDâ€™s two physicians, Josh Umbehr and Doug Nunamaker, donâ€™t accept insurance. Instead, they charge most of their adult patients $50 a month for unlimited visits. They also offer free EKGs and biopsies and cut-rate prices on prescription drugs. Two-thirds of their patients have insurance but feel the fee is well worth it for personalized service, including house calls, the doctorâ€™s cell-phone number, and quick responses to e-mails and Twitter messages