Paraclete Health Solutions
Bob Calhoun, MD
Welcome to a new way of thinking about health care. How would you feel if you could sit down and really connect with your doctor? Would you like it if your doctor spent 30 minutes or an hour with you, just listening to the things that are important to you? Do you want to feel heard and cared for by your doctor? What if you could have that experience whenever you needed it?
If you are interested in exploring a new way of thinking about your health and a new paradigm of medical care, I invite you to join me on a journey where we can find answers together. I offer a subscription-based model that offers patients virtually unlimited access to convenient, compassionate care, on your terms.
Let's discover how we can work together to achieve your state of ideal health.
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World-class medicine, hometown familiarity.
As a native to Monroe, I have always had a passion for healing and helping the members of this community. I completed my Family Medicine residency at E. A. Conway hospital, and with one tour in Afghanistan in 2016, I completed a four-year service commitment with the US Air Force. I continue to serve in the Air National Guard as a Flight Physician. I bring a perfect combination of hometown familiarity and worldwide experience in a variety of disciplines to provide world-class care to the people of Monroe. I'm excited to come home to the community I love, and I am eager to work with you to achieve your optimum state of health.
Why Direct Primary Care?
If you are like most people, you have an insurance plan with a deductible that you never meet, and so you have to pay out of pocket for many of your medical expenses in addition to the high premiums you already pay. For less than the cost of the average doctor's visit, you can have unlimited, direct access to a physician for as long as you want, anytime you need it. Most people would save hundreds of dollars per year by changing to a less expensive, high-deductible plan for major medical issues and allowing me to provide for their primary care needs.
Please contact me today to see how we can help you experience health care in a totally different way.
How is this different from my current insurance?
The current insurance based model is heavily flawed and creates an incentive to bar your access to medical care. Currently, most people have the following restrictions on their care:
Copay for every visit (Insurance)
Monthly payment for coverage (Insurance)
Visits only by appointment
Labs, tests, and procedures set by medical industry
I invite you to consider the possibility that medical care can be personal, affordable, and unhurried. I invite you to consider the possibility that you could have an ongoing relationship with your doctor that drives your entire medical experience.
What benefits come with membership?
For one flat fee, you can have world-class, compassionate, convenient health care on your terms, when you need it. Members of my health care service have the following benefits:
Immediate access to my services at any time in person, by phone, or through text or email
Responses and appointments within 24 hours (in progress)
As many visits as needed and advice directly from me when you need it.
Your appointment does not end until we both decide it's over.
No copay or fees for office visits
Reduced costs on outside treatments and medical tests
Transparent and affordable pricing
Minimal to no wait time at every office visit
Please contact me if you are interested in joining me for a new way of experiencing health care.
Do I have to be a member to come see you?
I welcome anyone who wants to experience medical care the way it's supposed to be. There is a consultation fee for non-members, but if you decide that you like the treatment you received and want to continue to be a part of my service, I will be happy to roll your consultation fee into your first month's subscription.
Are you really available at any time?
Ideally, yes. Of course, I'm only human and can’t guarantee 100 percent availability. That said, a reasonable expectation for availability would be that I would return your call within a couple of hours during the day-time, be available for urgent calls at night, and respond by the next business day for emails/texts.
Do you do house calls?
Yes. I am glad to come to your home should you have trouble getting to the office. The cost of a home visit is an additional $35 to cover transportation and additional transit time.
Do I still need insurance?
The short answer is yes. Membership covers office visits, in-office procedures, and basic point-of-care testing, I don't have the capability to offer on-site laboratory testing or imaging, but these will be outsourced to local community providers. For these I recommend either a health sharing ministry like MediShare or Liberty Health, or a high-deductible "major medical" insurance plan for hospitalizations and serious illness.
With the savings you have compared to the average cost of health insurance, you can create a Health Savings Account to lower your pre-tax income liability and reclaim your ability to direct your health care as you see fit, not as dictated to you by an actuary.
Of course, I'm glad to enroll patients who do not have insurance and help them negotiate cash prices for services not covered, but I still advise you get at least a catastrophic plan to cover un-anticipated costly medical services.
What happens if I have to be admitted to the hospital?
Should you require admission, I will be happy to admit you to whichever hospital in which I have admitting privileges, provided that the indication for the admission is for a medical admission (i.e. not surgical, obstetrical, etc). There is an additional fee for admission to the hospital.
How long does a subscription last?
I offer monthly and yearly subscriptions.
Do I have to renew each year?
No. Patients are automatically re-enrolled in both yearly or monthly plans until cancellation is given in writing (either by email or print).
What do I have to pay out of pocket?
That depends on your insurance plan. For the majority of issues, your membership will cover most costs without any additional fees. Healthcare costs not covered by membership include lab tests, imaging, specialist visits, hospital admissions, and medications. That said, I have negotiated low prices for lab, imaging and specialist visits (in progress). As well, should you require an admission to the hospital, I am glad to admit you to any hospital in which I am credentialed for a reasonable additional fee (in progress). Depending on your insurance plan, prescriptions may be out of pocket, but there are a number of options available to help with the cost of most medications.
This seems too good to be true. What's the catch?
There's no catch. This is the way that medical care is supposed to look when we get back to the heart of medicine: the ancient and honored relationship between the physician and the patient. Cutting out the middle man allows us to keep our costs low, and it allows greater flexibility in how you can choose to experience your health care.
Convenient, Compassionate Care On Your Terms
Paraclete is the Greek word that was used in the New Testament to describe the Holy Spirit, when Jesus promised that He would send a comforter and advocate - a paraclete - to his Apostles when He had gone. The Paraclete is a Spirit of love, healing, peace, comfort, and power. That's the ideal that I strive toward every day at Paraclete Health Solutions. Come see what we can offer you.
History and Physical Examination
Taking care of body and spirit
A detailed history and physical examination is the core of any medical visit, and one I do not feel should be rushed or overlooked. I offer an unhurried and relaxed consultation with careful attention paid to your concerns and no corners cut. I want you to feel heard, understood, and cared for. To me, nothing matters more than your health and comfort, which is why I’ve put in so much time and effort into advancing my medical practice and techniques. Please get in touch to schedule an initial consultation.
Whole person health maintenance.
Through a holistic approach to medicine, I view each patient as a whole rather than a single symptom to be treated. I use a variety of diagnostic techniques, including blood work, imaging, and careful attention to your health history, in order to discover the root causes of your illness. Your health deserves proper care and attention, and it is my privilege to provide it for you. Please contact me today to schedule an appointment.
Careful, Comprehensive Medical Care
I offer all of the services you have come to expect in a normal Family Medicine clinic, but with an added advantage. Since I am using a subscription model for my clinic, you're not limited by the traditional restrictions of clinic appointments, with the hassle of taking time off work and waiting for your consultation. I offer a variety of virtual medicine options, including telephone, video conferencing, and secure messaging to allow you to choose the level of care that fits your needs, when you need it.
Trigger Point Release
Drug free pain relief
Through the use of dry needle trigger point therapy and other modalities, I can provide immediate relief for a variety of musculoskeletal problems, including muscle strain, chronic tension headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and many other ailments. Schedule an appointment today to see how we can help.
Addressing the root causes for optimum health.
For patients interested in taking their health care to the next level, I offer a comprehensive Functional Medicine analysis to dive deeply into the root causes of illness and begin to truly treat the problems instead of controlling the symptoms. This premium service includes a 90 minute face-to-face consultation, a detailed analysis of your medical problems and potential triggers, and a comprehensive plan to begin your journey toward achieving your ideal state of health.
Membership and Service Fees
Transparency in Pricing
Copays and office visit fees do not exist at Paraclete Health Solutions. Your monthly membership fee covers all in-office visits, procedures, and consultations. It also includes any phone consultations, video conferencing, secure messaging, and other virtual medicine consultations you may need during the month. Currently, my capabilities include minor in-house procedures, including wound care, steroid and other injections (will need to be pre-arranged to obtain the medication to be injected), dry needling (including TENS stimulation if indicated), physical examination, prescriptions, and some in-house point-of-care testing (blood sugar, blood pressure, etc). This is a growing practice, so the list of things I am able to do will grow over time.
When I cannot provide the service or procedure you need, I will do my best to negotiate a fair price with the clinic of your choice as your doctor and friend. If you do need an out-of-office procedure, you will know always know its cost beforehand so you can decide what is best for you.
Monthly Membership Fee
$100 per month (first 100 patients)
At Paraclete Health Solutions I offer monthly and annual subscriptions to include all of the basic services I am able to provide you in my office. If you're not sure about the subscription model and want to try it out before making a long-term commitment, you can have access to my services for a month, for less than many people pay for a single copay for their doctor's visits. As an introductory rate, I am offering a year of service at $100 per month to the first 100 patients. Join me today!
Annual Membership Fee
$1080 per year (10% discount)
If you are ready to join the practice for the long term and don't want to have to worry about whether an unexpected illness or minor injury will put a strain on your budget, this is the plan for you. With your annual fee, you will have the confidence that you will always have a doctor available to address your concerns when you need me. It's almost like having a doctor in the family.
As an introductory rate, I am offering a reduced fee schedule of $1080 for the first year for the first 100 patients.
$250 per month (2 adults and children up to age 18)
At Paraclete Health Solutions, I believe that good medical care involves the whole family. For families with children, I offer a Family Plan of $250 per month, which includes 2 adults and any children. Vaccinations are not kept on-site, so if this is a requirement, I will work with you to make arrangements.
$125 per visit
If you're not a member of my service and you just want to have a single in-office visit with me, I am happy to accommodate you. This is a great option if you like your doctor but need a service, like dry needling, not available at your doctor's office, that I provide. Same-day appointments are usually available, and I can see the vast majority of patients within 24 hours. If you like the care you receive and want to continue on as a patient of mine, I will roll your consultation fee into your first month's subscription. Come see what unhurried, compassionate, comprehensive medical care looks like without any commitment. Call today for an appointment.
Functional Medicine Analysis
$250 (one time fee)
For people who are interested in making a commitment to healthier lifestyle choices and want to address the root causes of their illness, I offer a 90 minute in-person Functional Medicine Analysis session. You will come out of your appointment with a detailed whole-life medical timeline and a functional matrix summarizing the health effects you are experiencing from the factors in your timeline. We will work together using this information to create a customized wellness plan to take your journey toward your optimum state of health to the next level. Call today to schedule your consultation.