Local clinic charges just $50 per visit

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SPRING, TexasIt's a busy Monday morning and Chantel McCormick is bringing her teenage daughter Jordan to a very unique Medical Clinic with a very unusual business model.

The fact is, McCormick has been bringing her teenage son and daughter to the Express Family Clinic in Spring, Texas, for three years now, because at this particular medical clinic it's just $50 for medical care. That's right, $50 flat for each patient.

When McCormick first heard the cost she was being asked to pay she could not believe it.

"I said, 'What? That's it? Fifty bucks. But what about the extra this and the extra that, the extras?' They said, 'No extras, just $50. And I said, 'Wow, we have a new place to go," McCormick said.

The Express Family Clinic is the brainchild of Nurse Practitioner Melissa Herpel, who opened the clinic in 2011, with one simple idea in mind -- charge one, low, flat rate of $50 for people who need medical treatment for their kids and for themselves right now.

"Yes, the average person walking in here is going to pay $50 for their visit, that's it, $50 flat," Herpel said.

She started the clinic after working in an emergency room and being constantly angered by the huge prices people were being charged for simple procedures.

Herpel couldn't afford the expense of huge health insurance rates herself, so she decided to make health care cheaper for people who don't have insurance, and for those who don't want to pay gigantic deductibles.

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