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Fee-based clinic expected to cut healthcare cost for Southside patients

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A new clinic is set to open in Martinsville. Over the years, Southwest Virginia has seen several clinics open in the area. However, doctors said the facility is unique because it is fee-based. Dr. Noel Boaz, a Martinsville native, said patients will $350 dollars for unlimited visits. The fee would cover basic medical needs and does not include the cost of specialized services.

"The focus of the clinic is prevention, health and keeping people from going down that slippery slope with their health" said Dr. Noel Boaz, Integrative Centers for Sciences and Medicine.

Staff with Dr. Boaz's office said that, in some cases, patients in Henry County pay $2400 per year for doctor visits. Boaz hopes the fee-based clinic helps people save money and provides and economic boost to the area.

Dr. Boaz said, if all goes well, by 2015 a new medical school will come to Martinsville. The College of Henricopolis School of Medicine remains in the early phase of accreditation. Boaz said if the school is approved it would be tied to the new clinic and be a benefit to students and the community.

"The economic impact will be significant as we bring in more doctors, as we bring faculty and medical students this will be one of the more impactful companies in the area" said Boaz.

Partnerships between medical schools and hospitals have been an economic boost to areas like Roanoke and Charlottesville. The Martinsville native hopes to see the proposed school and the new clinic do the same for his hometown.

The new fee-based clinic is expected to open in mid-March.

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