There are now at least two companies that offer house calls to patients in the Treasure Valley without an extra charge.
Table Rock Mobile Medicine opened earlier this year, offering a range of medical care to patients who can choose to have their insurance billed or to pay in cash with a half-price discount.
Another company that got its start in home-health and hospice care — which is nursing-focused — is now offering house calls to general patients.
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First Choice Home Health, Hospice and House Calls of Boise began offering house calls in April. First Choice takes all health insurance plans except for Medicaid Healthy Connections and plans that use the Idaho Physicians Network, according to the company.
Patients can receive primary care and urgent-care visits from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Urgent care can include minor ailments such as urinary tract infections, skin issues, uncontrolled pain and flu or cold symptoms.
Two primary care physicians — Timothy Hodges and Bridgette Baker — and nurse practitioner Christy Cooper perform the house calls for First Choice.
Ninety percent of First Choice’s patients are 65 or older, but the company offers its services to younger patients.