By Removing the Medicare Middleman, Ann Arbor Direct Primary Care Clinic Expands
Nearly three years after opening, an Ann Arbor-based medical clinic that offers unlimited visits for a flat monthly fee is expanding to meet growing interest in its unconventional model.
Beyond primary care, located at 955 Eisenhower Circle, Ste. E in Ann Arbor, provides direct primary care, a new membership-based healthcare model. Patients deal directly with their doctor and insurance companies are left out of the equation. Patients pay a monthly fee for unlimited clinic visits, ranging from $50 to $80 depending on the age of the patient. Bulk medications are dispensed on site and bulk blood draws are also available.
The clinic is the brainchild of Dr. Jeff O’Boyle, Doctor of Family Medicine and Addictions in Ann Arbor. When the clinic’s doors first opened in 2018, it was a one-man show with two patients. Today, the clinic has 400 patients. O’Boyle has made several recent changes to better serve current and future patients – such as the addition of a second family doctor, Dr. Janelle Lindow.
“We’ve grown at such a rapid pace. Last year, I recognized that I needed to bring in another person, and there’s also a subset of the population that would prefer a female doctor,” said said O’Boyle. “Dr. Janelle is also pursuing a fellowship in integrative medicine in adults, so she approaches health care from a more holistic perspective than most doctors out there.”
Another important change is the location of the clinic. Until August of last year, Beyond Primary Care was located at 2500 Packard St. in Ann Arbor. He had a single examination room and his bathroom was shared with other tenants housed on the property.
“The new office is still intimate and has four exam rooms instead of one, so we can do more at the same time,” says O’Boyle. “Having our own bathroom is huge for us, as sometimes it was really inconvenient to share a common bathroom.”
Other changes include the purchase of some equipment, including a new pill counter that will streamline the dispensing of one of the 55,000 units of medication housed on site.
“It’s just a really good thing for patients to be able to, say, come in for a diabetic visit and do a blood test and then be set up with three to six months of medication before they even leave the clinic, in a one-hour appointment,” says O’Boyle.
He envisions greater expansion in the future, possibly including the addition of behavioral health therapy and dietary counseling services.
“Our mission to provide personalized affordable and accessible health care to the people of Ann Arbor and communities beyond Ann Arbor will always remain the same,” O’Boyle said. “That’s what I’m reminded of every time I think about updating and improving the clinic.”
Jaishree Drepaul-Bruder is a freelance writer and editor currently based in Ann Arbor. She can be reached at [email protected].
picture by Christy Malene with Open Box Photography.