Self Pay Options
Meet and greet visit – no charge
Finding the right chemistry can be important. Feel free to schedule a no-pressure “meet and greet” visit to come in to say “hello” so we can get to know each other a bit before you make any decisions. We can talk about what things are important to you in a medical practice and make sure it’s a good fit.
If you decide to join, I’ll ask you to fill out some paperwork and have any medical records sent in that you want me to review. Once I’m familiar with your history, I might make some recommendations about which additional lab tests (if any) we should get for you above and beyond the standard background lab panel which is included in the cost of your membership. Labs can be drawn right here in the office.
Initial comprehensive visit
When your test results are back (usually within 1-2 days), you’ll come in for your initial visit. We’ll discuss your medical history, your family history, and your medications. We’ll review your current problems and concerns, conduct a physical exam, do an EKG (if appropriate), and go over your lab results.
By the end of your first visit, I’ll have a fairly complete picture of your health, your lifestyle, your long-term goals, your values, and your needs going forward. We can take immediate action for any problems that should be addressed quickly and then discuss the rest at a more leisurely pace. Having met you, I’ll be more comfortable helping you with your concerns any time you want to discuss something on the telephone or via email.
The following labs are covered by your membership fee once per year. This battery of tests will tell me a great deal about your health; it includes tests for diabetes, heart disease, thyroid function, inflammation, anemia, kidney problems, liver problems, and electrolyte imbalances.
If you do not have known issues with diabetes or hypoglycemia then I recommend a 12 hour fast (i.e. nothing to eat or drink except water) before getting this battery of tests. If you do have diabetes–particularly if you use insulin or other medications that can cause hypoglycemia–then you do not need to fast beforehand.
- Complete Blood Count (CBC) with differential
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
- Hemoglobin A1c
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Lipid cascade profile (cholesterol)
- High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP)
- Free T4
- Testosterone- males
- PSA- males -age appropriate
- Vitamin D level (fatigue, abnormal calcium level, frequent falls)
Glucose: In-office fingerstick glucose testing (when appropriate) is included with annual physical.
Imaging centers that offer greatly reduced self-pay or cash pay prices are available— just ask.