CARDIOVASCULAR

High blood pressure makes your heart work extra hard and can pop the weak blood vessels in your brain and cause a stroke. High cholesterol levels lead to gumming up of the arteries of your heart, a ticking time bomb for a heart attack. But does treating such a serious problem really have to be so hard and expensive? Not anymore…

CARDIOVASCULAR LEVEL 1

$17 / Month

Medications to your Home

One oral medication (either a blood pressure medication such as lisinopril or amlodipine) or a statin (such as the generic version of Lipitor for high LDL cholesterol). Free shipping to your home.

Labs

cholesterol tests or kidney panels, if needed

Virtual Clinic Visits

every 6-12 months

$17 / Month

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CARDIOVASCULAR LEVEL 2

$30 / Month

Medications to your Home

Two, Three or Four oral medications: usually 1-3 blood pressure medications and a statin for cholesterol. Free shipping to your home.

Labs

cholesterol tests or kidney panels, if needed

Virtual Clinic Visits

every 3-6 months

Text Messages

Intensive text-message based home blood pressure monitoring program

$30 / Month

CHOOSE PATH

Recommended supplies not included but required to participate: home blood pressure machine, or similar.

Package Monthly PlanMedication CostsDoctor VisitsLabs/SuppliesTotal Annual Cost
BT Level 1$17$0$0$0$204
BT Level 2$30$0$0$0$360
Traditional Care Level 1$0$200+$60$50$537
Traditional Care Level 2$0$300+$90$200+$1,277

FAQ:

Is talking to your team as good as going to the Mayo Clinic or some other fancy health system?

Yes and no. In the end, everyone treats diabetes and depression with the same few medications. From a diagnostics perspective, I wish everyone could get care from the top internists at Mayo. Unfortunately, that is not possible. Countries must either ration health care by price or by making you stand in line (Uwe Reinhardt, if I remember right). Our country rations by price. The more you pay, the better your care, and, there are no cheaper options. We are just trying to leverage mobile technology, mid-level providers and generic medications to help lower the cost of care. If you are a multi-millionaire, then head up to Mayo and buy your medications at Walgreens. Or we can prescribe you the same exact medication for a much cheaper price. An insurance broker compares this to buying Busch beer at a Cardinals game or at a gas station across the street from the stadium. Same beer. Different price.

Are the medicines and supplies from foreign countries?

We use the same FDA approved suppliers as any use pharmacy would use. Though it is legal for individual patients to buy up to 90 days of medicine from out of the country (like you can do at pharmacychecker.com), it is not legal for us to purchase medications that are not approved by the FDA. This is all legit.

What about medicines like Jardiance that claim to improve my heart health too? Why don’t you use those medications in your programs?

Medicines like Jardiance are excellent medications, and though expensive, are the right medicine for some. All newer medicines for diabetes are required to be tested to see if they improve heart health. Older medicines were often not tested. Thus all newer, and thus still expensive, medications for diabetes can make a claim to improve heart health, whereas older, generic medications cannot make such a claim.

How long do I have to commit to the program?

We mail you a month of medication at a time. You can cancel any time.

What if I want to do other medications?

Our regular program, Big Tree Medical Home, has the ability to prescribe other medications. This program was designed to optimally integrate both state-of-the-art medical care and sensitivity to price. Other, newer medications have a role in the care of diabetes, especially if price is not an important consideration. For those patients for who price is keeping them from getting care, we believe this program is optimal.