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What you may think of as your regular doctor is commonly referred to as your primary care provider (PCP). Did you know that both doctors (physicians) and nurse practitioners (NPs) can be primary care providers?
Both are fully qualified to perform annual checkups, prescribe and manage medication, and help guide you in care that is personal, preventive, and responsive when it comes to treating the things that ail you.
Getting a new PCP is called establishing care. To establish care...
Determine if you will use health insurance or pay out of pocket for care.
TIP | When paying out of pocket like with cash or "self-pay", feel free to ask about the cost of potential services in advance. While the fees for services are be determined based on what you end up needing, most visit are classified in just a few types.
Give us a call at 912 - 275 - 8165 to schedule your first appointment
Don't have health insurance? No problem–we will help you determine eligibility for programs offered by the State and/or the Affordable Care Act. If you do not qualify, self-pay patients receive a cash pay discount at the time of service using our sliding fee scale.
If you would like to take advantage of need-based assistance, proof of income will be needed.
Have health insurance? We accept the following insurance providers in addition to many more. Give us a call at 912-275-8165 today to see if we accept your health insurance provider.
Before your appointment...
START WITH WHAT YOU KNOW–make a mental note of any past and current medical conditions, issues, and concerns you would like to discuss with your PCP.
REVIEW THE HIGHLIGHTS–have you had any relevant injuries, surgeries, or life changes within the past few years that could be impacting your health?
WHEN IN DOUBT, MAKE A LIST–you can write down your questions, concerns, and current medications and bring them with you during your visit.
NEED TRANSPORTATION? Give us a call to see if we can help with a ride to and from your next visit.
During your appointment...
ARRIVE 15 MINUTES EARLY–make sure you have plenty of time to fill out any necessary forms, check in, and be seen with as little wait time as possible.
BRING A PHOTO ID–you'll need a piece of identification like a driver's license, school or work ID, or some other ID that includes a photo of you.
BE PREPARED FOR PAYMENT–if you have insurance, be prepared to pay a copayment or copay and/or a deductible payment for applicable visits. If you don't have insurance, be prepared to pay for or be billed for all or part of your services at the time of your visit.
HELP KEEP YOURSELF AND OTHERS SAFE–you may be asked to wear a mask or reschedule your appointment if you are exhibiting certain symptoms or have recently come into contact with COVID-19.
After your appointment...
KEEP UP WITH THE FOLLOW UP–if you haven't already, try to schedule your next appointment based on the recommended timeframe your PCP would like to see you back.
This may mean getting tests done like labs or imaging which could require bloodwork or some other specimen collection (e.g., urine, etc.)
IF YOU HAVE INSURANCE–you may receive a piece of mail called an Explanation of Benefits (EOB). If so, this is NOT a bill. This is a breakdown of how you and your insurance policies were billed for the serviced you received, how the insurance paid, and if applicable, any remaining payments due that are considered patient responsibility.
Learn more about Well Child Visits and the Bright Futures program from the American Academy of Pediatrics – HERE
Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended
vaccination schedules from birth to 18 years old, by age – HERE
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