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What preventive care services must an elderly widow receive?

What preventive care services must an elderly widow receive?

Elderly widow preven: These are no different than a married or single elderly female except ypu need screening for depression and being lonely. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Animal Bite (Definition)

Animal bites is an injury in which a person's skin is damaged and usually cut open by the sharp teeth of an animal. Bites can lead to infections, usually bacterial infections. Rabies is quite rare in the U.S. (just 1 or 2 cases per year) thanks to animal control programs and vaccines for ...Read more


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How are preventive care services covered under the new health care reform law?

How are preventive care services covered under the new health care reform law?

Access for all: Unfortunately, our focus in the us is on treatment rather than prevention. However, accountable care organizations are designed to care for populations of patients rather than just hospital care. Therefore, it will be in everyone's best interest to keep people well and out of the hospital. Probably the most important part of the affordable care act is the provision for healthcare for all. ...Read more

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Do americans visiting england receive free medical care from public hospitals?

Do americans visiting england receive free medical care from public hospitals?

I suspect not: You have to have id to be properly cared for. If you do not have the proper id - they will attempt to bill you or your insurance. ...Read more

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Could affordable care act require vaccinations?

Could affordable care act require vaccinations?

No: An insurance policy cannot force you to have a particular therapy. However, the doctors in these plans are evaluated on how well they follow guidelines for great patient care, such as do they vaccinate their patients. So this encourages doctors to encourage you to get appropriate vaccines. It's just good medicine and the plans are trying to get you the best health care, including preventive care! ...Read more

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Are health care providers required by law to charge the copay?

Are health care providers required by law to charge the copay?

Insurance co-pays: I cannot know about every state and every insurance company, but to the best of my knowledge yes. And why wouldn't they even if they were not required? Health care providers who participate in these plans are generally receiving less than their normal private fees anyway. ...Read more

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Should i go to primary care physician or to university counseling center for mental health care?

Should i go to primary care physician or to university counseling center for mental health care?

Counseling center: Will save some time, although you could consult with your physician if you want to go privately and want a referral. If there are medical issues as well as emotional ones, that might be a reason to consult with your doctor first. Otherwise, the counseling center will get you started in therapy sooner. Good luck and let us know how you do. ...Read more

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Can dentists provide urgent care?

Can dentists provide urgent care?

Absolutely: Just like any other medical specialty, there are emergent situations in dental field. Common examples are severe dental pain, maxillary-facial trauma, severe infection, etc. Most dental offices have emergency hotlines and oncall doctors. However, if it is a life theratening situation or severe infection beyond toothache, you should go to hospital based dental clinic or an oral surgeron office. ...Read more

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Should america's health care system switch to keeping patient records online?

Should america's health care system switch to keeping patient records online?

Sticky issue: This is a huge question. On one hand, online records can be transmitted quickly when medically needed. This could save a life. On the other hand, this quick transmission can also allow breaches of privacy that are potentially painful, embarrassing, and invasive. Balancing these things is precarious! electronic records seems to be where we're going, so we need safeguards to do it well. ...Read more

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Can hospital care include hospice care for the terminally ill ?

Can  hospital care include hospice care for the terminally ill ?

It depends...: It depends on the hospital course. If the person was admitted for a condition and treated but worsened during the hospitalization to the point that death was imminent, comfort care or hospice care may occur in the hospital. However, most hospitals will try and transfer people home or to a skilled nursing facility with hospice care if the person has a little longer to live. ...Read more

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Do health insurers often exclude maternity care from insurance plans?

Do health insurers often exclude maternity care from insurance plans?

Not often: This has generally been legislated out of most plans although it was common in the past. Many plans, however, have time limitations so no coverage for many conditions including pregnancy for a period of 4-8 months after signing up to prevent people with no insurance or competing insurance from jumping into a new plan while already having a condition. ...Read more

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How do primary care providers involve support groups when planning for patient's care?

How do primary care providers involve support groups when planning for patient's care?

Often through social: workers, online communities or through office personnel. Support groups are everywhere and usually free. United Way in my area forms the connection hub to most, but County hotlines are very helpful. Some cities even have special phone lines for available services. San Diego has 211. Some psychologists form their own support groups out of existing patient pools. Be creative. ...Read more

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What all services does home-based healthcare assistance cover?

What all services does home-based healthcare assistance cover?

Very little, but...: The key to good health is to remove the fear, the anonymity, the loneliness, the isolation inherent in the settings one is in: most hospitals, most assisted living home, most nursing homes, most group homes, many doctor centers. The demise of the family unit and all the things inherent in that, are all on the rise. Home is where the heart is; we've lost our way. Can we find our metaphorical home? ...Read more

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What constitutes interference of health care? Facility wants to evict elderly resident due to visits from friend allegedly interfering with her care.

What constitutes interference of health care?  Facility wants to evict elderly resident due to visits from friend allegedly interfering with her care.

The answer: is a LEGAL one NOT a "medical" one! 'Interfering" needs definition and more information needed to define! Forcing the RESIDENT out does NOT seem "fair"!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Would you preferentially select a hospital based if they offered hospice care services?

It depends: If you have a potentially terminal illness, or are looking for a complete cancer progam you might. If you need cardiac surgery, orthopedics or other advanced care it is not likely to influence the decision. You want to pick a hospital based upon your needs, and the reputation of the staff and the hospital itself. ...Read more

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Will a walk in clinic with primary care services give anti-depressants?

Will a walk in clinic with primary care services give anti-depressants?

Not likely: Walk in clinics are generally set up to handle acute, "one time" episodes like strep throat, sinus infections, and utis as an example. Ideally, you want to find a good pcp or psychiatrist to spend the time with you to talk through your symptoms, possibly prescribe meds and be available for follow up. Check this app (healthtap) or healthgrades for a list of docs in your area. Take care. ...Read more

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Bitten by dog - urgent care? Washed the wounds out with soap & water, applied badnages & antibiotic ointment. Urgent care worthy, do you think?

Bitten by dog - urgent care? Washed the wounds out with soap & water, applied badnages & antibiotic ointment. Urgent care worthy, do you think?

Vaccinations: You will have to make the value call. Urgent care is quick and easy which is usually very helpful. Hopefully wound care instructions, follow up, vaccinations, pain medications, reporting the incident and culture/antibiotics were addressed. ...Read more

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Are personal health records services or products regulated by accredited organization or gov?

Are personal health records services or products regulated by accredited organization or gov?

Some laws govern: In recent years, the government has passed laws that set rules for protecting personal health information. I'm sure the laws apply to people and businesses that handle personal health information, regardless of whether or not a person or business is labeled a "personal health records service". ...Read more

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Dr. Leila Hashemi
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Primary Care Services (Definition)

Primary care services offer medical care and advice as the patient's primary contact, and help ...Read more