What to expect on your first appointment:
Bring your insurance card, if you have health insurance. We will make a copy for your file and call your insurer to verify your coverage. (It is your responsibility to verify coverage for any specific procedures or visits, if you feel that is necessary.) You may also self-pay cash for visits.
For your convenience, we accept most medical insurance. Our medical biller will prepare and submit bills to your health insurance provider. You are responsible for all charges not covered by your insurances.
We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Non-cancelled missed appointments are billed at $50. Exceptions are made only for documented medical emergencies.
Why you need a primary care doctor
You need a primary care physician for many reasons.
Disease diagnosis: You may have a medical condition of which you’re not aware. Many people with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, congenital heart conditions, HIV, cancer, or other diseases are not aware they have them; most diseases have a period of development before they are detected. A primary doctor will ensure that you have the proper screening tests that can lead to early detection of disease when it is more treatable.
Illness and accidents: If you develop an illness such as strep throat, inﬂuenza, or a mysterious rash, or if you sprain an ankle or twist a wrist, a primary care doctor will see you the same day or arrange treatment over the phone, saving you from waiting hours and spending much more out-of-pocket than you would in an emergency room or urgent care clinic.
Acute and critical care: If you become very sick, get into a car accident, need surgery, or develop appendicitis, a primary care doctor has relationships with hospitals, emergency rooms, and specialists and surgeons, and will facilitate and coordinate the care you will need in an emergency.
Prevention: A primary care doctor will make sure that you have had all the vaccinations you need to prevent infectious diseases like hepatitis, tetanus, measles, whooping cough, and varicella.
Wellness: A primary care doctor will help you understand and focus on the key factors in improving your health, avoiding preventable disease, minimizing disease risk factors, and maintaining wellness. A primary care doctor can help you set and achieve goals for improving your health and taking better care of yourself.
Finally, as health care is increasingly managed and consolidated, it is more important than ever to have a relationship with a physician who knows you, and whom you trust. The relationship between a physician and his or her patients is special—it is the primary context for the provision of health care. Without a personal doctor-patient relationship, you are likely to be treated in an urgent care clinic or ER as simply a symptom or disease, not as a person. You deserve better than that.