JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Licensed Nurse Practitioner Jim Whited said when Obamacare started becoming a reality, his patients worried that in a matter of months, months they would no longer be able to afford medical coverage.
"If you look at the premiums for some of the people, I don't know that a lot of the people could afford even the reduced stuff," he said.
So he opened the doors of his own health clinic.
"Alaric Health and Family Practice was founded with the idea that we would like to be able to take care of everybody," he said.
You Patients don't need insurance to get treated there. And Whited said he charges a third of the cost of other clinics.
"I think $45 in a working person's home is affordable. I see children six months and older, coughs, flus, body aches," he said.
He was required to bring a sponsoring doctor on board to open. On site, Whited can do some of his own lab testing. He even has a space for rehab and physical therapy. It's not cheap to keep the place running.
"The rent and the electric and the power are all due and employees have to be paid," he said.
But for him, this isn't about making a profit. It's about helping people in a position he understands all too well. He used to be on the other side.
"My billing company said to me the other day, 'I don't know if we will be able to bill and get some of this money.' I said, 'I don't care,'" he said.
Action News did some checking and Alaric Health is a licensed clinical laboratory by the Agency for Health Care Administration. It has its Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certificate, and Alaric Health is listed as having a Non CLIA-Exempt (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments certificate) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.