Homeless shelters ramp up testing to stave off spread of virus
At the same time, Clark, a single mom who works 12-hour shifts, realized what’s known as “concierge medicine” could help.
“I remember having the thought, ‘What if doctors could do house calls,’” she said. “I decided I wanted to go back to that model. I felt we could serve patients better.” Concierge medicine is a growing practice that allows patients to pay a monthly or annual fee for direct access to a physician.
Clark and her team of nurses visit between five and 10 households a day. The company charges a flat rate of $250 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday and weekend or night house visits are $450. While the company doesn’t accept insurance, patients can receive an itemized bill to provide to their insurance for reimbursement.
Atlanta real estate agent and former radio personality Jimmy Baron gets tested for COVID-19 by Qualified Quacks, a concierge medical company. (Credit: Jimmy Baron)
With the uptick in cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, Clark began offering the tests last month on her house visits. She offers the nasal swab for $66 and antibody tests for $150. The tests are sent to an Atlanta lab, which gets the results back within 48 hours. So far, Qualified Quacks has tested 100 people for COVID-19, including 58-year-old Atlanta real estate agent and former radio personality Baron.
“It’s a swab and it goes in your nose and it goes all the way to the back of the nether regions of your throat, but it feels like it’s touching your brain and the back of your eyeball,” Baron said. He posted a video of him taking the exam on his Facebook page.
“It’s not a pleasant experience, but it’s over quickly,” he said.
Baron and his girlfriend stayed in his home until his results came back. He then made the 11-hour ride north to see his parents, who have been “quarantining very vigilantly.”
“We would not have entertained the idea of visiting my parents had we not been able to get the test done,” he said.