Aside from the annual influenza vaccine and tetnus (tdap) booster, I am unlikely to provide routine immunizations due to storage requirements and the lot sizes that need to be purchased to achieve volume discounts. I will be happy to work with you to find local, low cost vaccines.
Every month you will receive an invoice of your monthly membership fees and any additional charges for outside lab studies, medications, or equipment. You can pay online directly from the invoice. We can also set up an auto charge every month for your membership fees.
Yes. Just like a gym membership, you pay every month whether you use my services or not. It is a similar scenario to having an attorney on retainer.
If you are admitted there, you will still need insurance to cover the hospital portion. If you are admitted at any facility in the Chattanooga area, you will likely be admitted to the local Hospitalist service. I will visit with and keep in contact with your admitting physician throughout your inpatient stay.
If you have a life threatening emergency, call 911 and then call me. I can help coordinate your care with the emergency physicians and meet you in the emergency room if needed.
Lab tests that cannot be completed in our office will be done through a local lab service that we have negotiated reduced pricing with for our patients.
I will be able to order some medications wholesale and fill prescriptions cheaper than your local pharmacy. Those medications will be billed at wholesale cost. If it's easier or cheaper you may continue to use your insurance at your local pharmacy as you always have.
Unlimited office visits including acute primary care and preventive visits, direct contact with Dr. Toombs-Withers via scheduled office visit, telephone, email, text or video conference. After hours access available. Any procedures or labs done in our office are also included at no additional charge.
No. Being a member of Essence of Health Wellness Clinic alone will not satisfy the individual mandate of the ACA. However, it may qualify you for a higher deductible plan. Speak with your insurance professional to find out.
I do not accept any commercial or government health insurance.
Yes. I can handle the majority of your medical issues but there will still come a time when you will need specialist care, hospitalization, or other needs I can not provide. In these cases I recommend a high deductible plan preferably with a HSA (health savings account).