Valdosta Daily Times

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June 22, 2008

Valdosta gets new walk-in medical clinic

VALDOSTA — You won’t need health insurance at the city’s new walk-in medical clinic. That’s because these folks don’t take insurance.

The founders of Express Care Medical Clinic at 1514 Harmon Drive decided to try to meet the needs of the area’s burdensome population who don’t have health insurance by opening a primary care center that is “affordable,” according to Paul McGlynn, the clinic’s senior physician assistant.

At Express Care, which is located in the red brick house at the corner of Harmon and North St. Augustine Road across the street from Steak and Shake, a mere $60 will get you in the door to see some very capable, experienced doctors.

And if any potential other charges might arise, the Express Care staff will clear those with you before they order any extra tests, lab work or other treatment, McGlynn said.

“Why charge $80 or $90 or $100 to just come in and get a bunch of prescriptions,” the happily animated McGlynn noted. “How much money would you have left after paying your co-pay on insurance? Not much if any. Here, we will stay within $5 to $15 of what your average co-pay would be.”

The Express Care is staffed by McGlynn, who has 28 years of experience in the medical field, plus medical director Dr. Susan Harding and staff physician Felix Valdez. They decided to go with a “no insurance” program because the Lowndes County area needs it, McGlynn said.

“I would estimate that more than 50 percent of the population of Lowndes County has no health insurance coverage,” he said. “We saw the need and are determined to meet it. Our mission is to provide affordable, convenient, basic healthcare.”

Basically, if you are sick or have a cut or a bump or bruise or a cold and do not need to go to the emergency room (ER), the walk-in clinic is the right scenario for you. And Express Care is the right clinic if you don’t have insurance, McGlynn said.

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