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Forget all-you-can-eat. A new Eagle clinic promises all-you-can-use health care.

Appleton Clinics, based in Colorado, will open a new office in Eagle in October 2018. The company offers membership-based primary care, instead of taking insurance.
Appleton Clinics, based in Colorado, will open a new office in Eagle in October 2018. The company offers membership-based primary care, instead of taking insurance. Screenshot from appletonclinics.com

A new clinic opening Oct. 1 in Eagle will offer unlimited basic medical care for a membership fee of $99 a month. It will not take health insurance.

The Appleton Clinics office at 1675 E. Riverside Drive in Eagle joins a handful of similar practices in the Treasure Valley.

The “concierge” or “direct primary care” concept is relatively new to Idaho and has been gaining in popularity around the U.S. as patients and physicians look for new ways to get and provide basic health care, with less paperwork and more personal attention. Most of the practices offer a slate of services for a set monthly fee, with extra services offered for additional charge. Most also recommend that patients also have health insurance in case of hospitalization or serious medical issues.

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Appleton will charge $99 per month for adults. A family’s first two children under age 26 are included for free.

“Stitches, casts, physicals, well-woman exams, EKGs and just about every service a family doctor can provide is included in the membership fee,” a representative for the company said. “We also have an in-clinic pharmacy that carries over 250 generic medications at wholesale prices.”

The company opened its first location in Colorado about four years ago.

“I had visited here years ago when I was deciding on where to do my residency, and always thought Idaho and the Treasure Valley was a fantastic place,” said Dr. Craig Gustafson, the founder of Appleton Clinics. “The outdoor lifestyle, how friendly everyone is, the growth in the area, it’s all appealing, so I couldn’t be more excited to be launching our second clinic here.”

Audrey Dutton is an investigative reporter for the Statesman. Contact her at 208-377-6448, adutton@idahostatesman.com or on Twitter at @audreydutton.

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