Clinic facilities

The Petal Clinic offers an alternative to typical health care

PETAL, Miss. (WDAM) – A new clinic in Petal offers an alternative to typical health care.

Mid-South Direct Primary Care is a cash-pay clinic, which would apparently eliminate reliance on health insurance.

Physician Ashlee Hendry and nurse practitioner David Snodgrass left their jobs after spending years at other Pine Belt facilities to work for this new facility.

“I think the healthcare system is extremely failing,” Hendry said. “I think that’s really the only word for it because patients and doctors are both losers.”

“The doctor is being asked to do an impossible job and diagnose and treat someone in a very short time with little or no follow-up and no direct communication. Patients are also ready to fail because they worry about what I can discuss and what do I have time to discuss.

In addition to being a fee-paying clinic, it is also a direct primary care facility.

A direct primary care office would allow physicians to spend more time with their patients, spending between 30 minutes and an hour with a client, as opposed to the 15 minutes expected in a typical practice.

Hendry and Snodgrass say extending visits brings patients and doctors closer together, making it easier to diagnose problems.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to help people and spend time with them,” Snodgrass said. “Help them treat any illnesses they have going on or take them to where they need to be seen for further care.”

“We like to take care of our patients. We spend a lot of time with them and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

“If you’re concerned that you have underlying diabetes and you haven’t seen a doctor in many years, and you just want to see someone for a checkup and someone who is really committed in your care who you can have a relationship with, this is the place for you,” Hendry said.

For more information on Mid-South Direct Primary Care, you can go to their website or call their office at 769-223-9503.

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