MERIDEN, Kan. (WIBW) -- With rising healthcare costs, a new kind of healthcare is popping up around the U.S. and it doesn’t take insurance. One Meriden woman is buying in and serving rural communities with a new healthcare facility.
"I feel like my life has changed," patient Lorna Rightmeier said.
Rachel Wilson is a registered nurse practitioner and owner of WHOLEhealth in Meriden.
Rightmeier credits her for taking a deeper notice of her depression.
"I was flabbergasted," said Rightmeier. "But I'm sleeping better now. I'm not sleeping all day. I'm up and moving and going places and I haven't done that in five years."
Wilson says that's what you get at WHOLEhealth, a primary care service charging a monthly flat fee instead of insurance for primary care services.
"Instead of becoming a nurse practitioner somewhere else and continuing on with that model of the current health care, I just decided to open up my own practice," Wilson said.
The average physician or nurse practitioner sees 3,000 to 5,000 patients. Wilson's model gives her more time with each person to see what doctors in a hurry might miss.
"She spent almost two hours with me and it's amazing what she figured out in that amount of time," said Rightmeier. "That was something that I may have never keyed in on to even talk to my doctor about."
Even after she hangs up her white coat, and goes home to four kids, she's just a phone call away.
"Let's say it's a Saturday and you have a four-year-old that's fallen down and they smack their face and it's bleeding," said Wilson. "You can shoot me a picture and I can say 'oh yeah that needs some sutures, hop on over we'll see you in 20 minutes' and skip the ER visit."
"How many doctors would give you their phone number that you could text them," Rightmeier said.
Rightmeier still pays for insurance and admits not everyone can afford both.
“I've talked to my son who lives in Topeka about it and he's open to it,” she explained. “Now, whether he can come up with the funds to do it, that's another story."
But she says it’s a worthwhile investment in her health and happiness.
"There's not a price you can put on that to be able to come here in three minutes or text her and have her say meet me here,” said Rightmeier. “You know, it's incredible.”
Wilson charges $29 a month for anyone 18 and under, $69 for patients ages 19 to 99, and will take care of anyone 100 and older for free.
The fee may not cover all tests and it won’t cover prescription, Wilson says they can be greatly discounted.
WHOLEhealth is located at 100 E. Main St. in Meriden.