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More Doctors Moving Away from Insurance

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We continue to uncover more doctors’ offices moving toward what has developed as a trend in healthcare over the past several years known as direct primary care via membership programs, which means they do not contract with insurance companies.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris McCarthy, co-founder and chief medical officer with Palmetto Proactive Healthcare in Greenville, SC.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.