SOURCE: MedLion, Inc.

MedLion, Inc.

November 21, 2011 12:59 ET

MedLion Direct Primary Care Announces Opening of New Office in San Francisco

MONTEREY, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 21, 2011) - Today MedLion, Inc. announced the addition of San Francisco-based solo physician Dr. Michel Accad to its team. Dr. Accad joins the increasing number of physicians joining direct primary care practices, which provide patients access to high quality and affordable personalized care.

Board-certified in internal medicine as well as general and interventional cardiology, Dr. Accad is the former director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. This past year, he chose to concentrate on his solo practice in an effort to offer quality care to patients in the most direct and unencumbered way.

"The growing segment of uninsured and underinsured Americans begs to be served with quality medical care," says Dr. Accad, echoing the sentiments and mission of MedLion founder Dr. Samir Qamar, who began his direct primary care model in Monterey, California in 2009. "The challenge is to develop innovative and practical ways to do so. Many physicians would be more than happy to care for such patients as long as the administrative burden is removed or minimized. MedLion has found a very creative way of making this happen, providing great support for patients and clinicians and allowing doctors to practice independently and to focus entirely on patient care."

Dr. Accad's practice, located at 2000 Van Ness Avenue, joins MedLion's pilot practice in Monterey as well as the company's affiliates in Mountain View and Salinas, where Clinica MedLion -- a bilingual practice -- is soon to open. In addition, another practice, located in Fresno, is due to open on January 1, 2012, and negotiations are underway to open practices in Oakland, Bakersfield, Watsonville, and a second Monterey location.

Current statistics for San Francisco reveal some disturbing numbers; upwards of 17 percent of residents are uninsured or severely underinsured, and that number is expected to rise as continuing economic troubles in the U.S. lead to more layoffs. In addition, the high number of small businesses operating in the Bay Area -- nearly 14,000 opened last year alone -- are ideally situated to take advantage of MedLion's unique plan, which will undoubtedly save them considerable revenue and allow them to offer affordable, high-quality care to their employees.

"We're currently taking on some aggressive goals in terms of growth," says Dr. Qamar. "Within ten years we plan to have hundreds of locations across the country. We have physicians from all over the country calling us almost daily, eager to enhance their practices due to impending Medicare reimbursement cuts, ongoing frustration with insurance claim submissions, and decreased professional satisfaction."

MedLion operates under a simple, non-insurance based platform: affordable, high-quality medical care for only $59 a month -- $39 for seniors and $19 for children -- with $10 office visits. Patients have no HMO rules to live by, no long waiting times, no incomprehensible paperwork, and incur no other costs for high quality personal primary care.

"With the MedLion model in place and growing quickly, people now have more choices and greater control over their personal healthcare, at a fraction of the cost of traditional health insurance," adds Dr. Qamar. "Our successful growth shows that Americans are desperately seeking options to high-cost health insurance plans, options that don't require them to sacrifice quality care due to financial strains."

About MedLion:
MedLion is a California corporation providing access to high quality and affordable direct primary care for patients. Founded by Samir Qamar M.D. in 2009, MedLion is expanding quickly to ensure employees, the uninsured and underinsured have access to preventive and primary healthcare services. For more information please visit or call (888) 880-0007.

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