We just started seeing that practice. The visits are pretty long and involved, but they explained to us that they are a high-risk practice, and it is what they do. The doctor we saw hadn't ever heard of where we lived, but they do see people from literally all over the world. Did you explain just how far you lived?
I'm not suggesting you do this, but I carefully evaluate if everything (visit, test, etc.) has any therapeutic value. If the answer is no, I am less likely to do it. If they just want me to come in for a visit (no exam, no tests, just a how's your mother), I schedule it then cancel it. I mean, they want us to come in every week then a month from now we start 2-3x a week, so I schedule those while I am there (because they are on the flow sheet), then call and cancel later. I understand the time and money involved. That doesn't work for everyone, and if you aren't (or baby?) in a constant life or death situation, you might not need to come in for weekly tea.
But good luck, and maybe some of us can meet up with you for lunch while yo uare in the area.