Public Invited To MainStreet Clinic Open House Nov. 4

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LAWTON – November 2, 2015 – Dr. Brian Birdwell, Lawton internist, announced the relocation of his medical clinic, formerly Birdwell Ferris Clinic, to 415 W. Gore Blvd and the clinic name has been changed to MainStreet Clinic. An Open House will be held Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. and the public is invited. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at about 4:30 p.m., conducted by the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce “Red Hat Committee.” Also at that time, Dr. Birdwell will present contributions from the Clinic to Habitat for Humanity and The Salvation Army. Please R.S.V.P. at (580) 248-9966.

MainStreet Clinic introduces an innovative health care payment model to Lawton, called direct primary care clinic membership. For a flat monthly membership fee

  • patients are assured access to all clinic services on the same day or next day;
  • unhurried extended-time clinic visits;
  • contact with the clinic after hours by text or phone;
  • discounts on many generic medications; and
  • other premium services.

No health insurance is required, since claims are not filed with any health insurance companies.

“It’s really old-fashioned. We are available for whatever you, the patient, may need — even house calls. We have time for you. Some people say, ‘It’s like having a doctor in the family,’” Dr. Brian Birdwell said.

Across the U.S., employers have begun revamping their group health benefits plans to make direct primary care membership the centerpiece, and reimburse employees for their clinic membership fees. Several Lawton employers are considering this approach now.

Consumers who must buy individual health insurance plans on a market exchange find that direct primary care membership combines well with a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). Dr. Birdwell will host a public community forum titled “Can I afford health insurance and the costs of getting health care, too?” at a date and time to be announced soon.

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