Location: United States
By making medication-assisted treatment more accessible, Bicycle Health is helping to deal with the opioid epidemic
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 70 000 people died from opioid overdoses in the USA in 2017. Making treatment more accessible is an essential part of fighting the growing opioid crisis.
Bicycle Health simplified the process of getting proper help by making Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) available for a flat monthly fee. MAT significantly reduces the chance of relapse compared to other types of treatment and is an effective way to eliminate opioid use. It uses a combination of medication and behaviour therapy to control cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Patients have to attend the first session with a doctor located at one of their locations around California. After the initial appointment, consultations can be conducted remotely, so there is no need to travel to a clinic.
The monthly fee includes the first appointment, follow-ups through phone or video call, and unlimited access by chat messages for extra support. Insurance plans typically cover prescriptions costs; there is also access to trained coaches and support groups.