The doctor will see you now – and again anytime for no charge besides a monthly membership fee.
Englewood-based startup PeakMed, which in August raised $5.5 million, already runs two clinics in Colorado Springs and one in Denver. Now it’s adding one more in the Springs and one in Littleton, and added a mobile van this month.
Co-founder Mark Tomasulo says PeakMed charges like a gym membership. Customers pay a monthly fee for themselves or their family and get unlimited visits to their PeakMed doctor without billing insurance. They also get access to medical advice via email or phone.
The company focuses on primary care: Customers can schedule appointment for everyday care needs, such as colds or general consultations. They can call their doctor anytime for emergency advice and to check if they should go to the ER.
“We’re trying to fix an industry that hasn’t been changed in 50 years,” Tomasulo said. “I think that what’s happened over the last 10 years is family practice has been watered down because of limitations of access.”
Adult memberships start at $80 per month, and a family with two adults and one child costs $195 per month. PeakMed also sells business memberships – Tomasulo said it is working with 100 companies.
The capital raise is helping fund two new facilities, one in Littleton and a third location in Colorado Springs. Both are scheduled to open in 2018.
The PeakMed mobile check-up van can travel around the Denver area to business customers to help employees see doctors without taking a chunk out of the working day.
“Building a brick-and-mortar building is sometimes a six- to nine-month process,” Tomasulo said. “A lot of times (employers) want to have care provided in front of that, so it helps expand our footprint … It does it in a matter that still solves the equation of access.”
Tomasulo said the van cost $125,000 plus overhead and staffing.
PeakMed isn’t the only local startup sending doctors on the road. RiNo-based DispatchHealth has a competing mobile medical service. It announced a $31 million capital raise in September to expand into other states.