There are countless services and goods that you can get on an on-demand basis: you can get a ride, you can get a massage, you can get your clothes washed, you can order a truck for a heavy shipment, you can get your car fueled up, you can even get a marijuana delivery or hire a private investigator. Well, you can now add a whole new service to that list: urgent care. Austin-based Remedy Urgent Care has brought the healthcare field into the on-demand space.
Right now, Remedy is only available in Austin, but as its rapid growth suggests, it may soon be available in many different markets. In a nutshell, Remedy provides their customers with quick, affordable, and thorough healthcare at their home:
It is really simple, actually. We can explain it in one sentence.
We bring urgent care to your door.
No one wants to spend hours in a germ-filled waiting room or take the time to drive there, especially when you are sick. So, we created Remedy, a simple new model for healthcare. Good news Austin! The care you want has arrived.1
The main idea behind Remedy is that the modern ER practices are not very cost-effective and not very efficient. Jay Mong, a UT student and medical assistant at Remedy, explained these practices to The Daily Texan:
I’ve had a lot of experience in urgent care, and I just realized how much waste there is. In the ER, the doctor covers all the bases…The doctor may think the patient has strep, but the doctor will order a lot more tests for liability reasons, which ends up wasting the hospital’s resources and patients have to pay more in the end.2
On top of that, the billing and insurance practices are often very convoluted, with the patients never really having a real idea of what they will be required to pay. This is another area that Remedy is changing. The on-demand urgent care company has adopted a straightforward, flat-rate payment system. To begin, you pay a flat rate of $49 to have a Remedy doctor sent out. From there, patients pay their urgent care co-pay or an evaluation fee of $99. There may be a few other small fees for more complex procedures like stitches.
Remedy is adding a much needed alternative to the ER or other urgent care facilities. The simplicity and straightforward nature of the company makes it a great service for college students and millennials as a whole. For more info, check out the video below or head over to RemedyUrgentCare.com.