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Doctors offer monthly fee for full access

Doctors offer monthly fee for full access

Frustrated by insurance paperwork and then a yearlong effort to have a cash-only medical practice, Dr. Maribel Aviles gave up. For a few years she just did volunteer and missionary work. "I have fallen so many times, and if I died today, I want to be remembered for what I did, not what I lacked," the family physician said. So last year, Aviles picked herself back up and opened one of the first direct primary care practices in Central Florida. The idea is simple: pay the primary-care doctor a monthly fee for full access. Unlike some concierge practices, most direct-care providers don't work with insurance companies, and they tend to have lower membership rates. ...