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Patient FAQ

Common Inquiries Asked by Patriot Healthcare Patients

WHAT SEPARATES PATRIOT HEALTHCARE FROM TRADITIONAL PHYSICIAN OFFICES?

We’re more than just the doctors you call when you’re not well. We’re a community who works under the mindset that staying on top of regular screenings and modern preventive measures is a major component of ensuring the best health of our patients.

Here at Patriot Healthcare, we offer complimentary blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings at all of our locations, as well as body mass index checks. In this way, we are not only spreading awareness, but we are helping you to prevent and/or identify medical symptoms early and effectively before they interfere with your life.

For our Medicare Advantage patients, we also offer more extensive services designed to improve your overall quality of life. Be sure to ask your Patriot Healthcare doctor about what services may be right for you.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME TO VISIT AN OFFICE?

Your copay and premium will depend on your insurance company. For more information, please contact us directly or visit us at the location nearest to you.

WHAT IF I'M HAVING A PROBLEM OUTSIDE YOUR REGULAR OFFICE HOURS?

Our after hours number is always available for you and can be found in all of our offices. Upon calling, you will reach one of our on-call doctors who will be able to advise you on what to do. If it is a problem that may wait till morning, most of our offices accept walk-in patients between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. If you’re experiencing an emergency, please call 911.

WHAT LABORATORY DO I GO TO WITH MY INSURANCE?

Most insurance plans use Quest or LabCorp, though it may vary depending on your insurance.

I'D LIKE TO EXERCISE AND GET IN SHAPE, WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST?

We recommend SilverSneakers® , which is part of some Medicare Advantage plans. SilverSneakers® is an excellent overall program that provides a place place for exercise, social gatherings and more. Be sure to contact us to find a program near you.

HOW MUCH WEIGHT CAN I LOSE ON THE TRIANGLE DIET?

It’s best to think of the Triangle Diet as a lifestyle change for your optimal health. When followed properly, you can lose one pound a day. While the first three days are the hardest due to carbohydrates cravings, it is important to remember that it will get easier and is worth the effort.

HOW LONG DO I FAST BEFORE I GET MY LABS?

Unless your doctor specifies otherwise, you should fast for about 12 hours prior to having your labs done. You can still drink water and take your medications. Some tests you may be able to have black coffee, but check with the office prior.

WHAT ARE STOOL CARDS AND HOW DO I USE THEM?

Stool cards check for blood in your stool as a means of early colon cancer detection, which the CDC recommends doing yearly. You can obtain a stool card from your office location—simply take the required sample from different days and put them on the card. You will then bring the cards to the lab with you. Be sure to read the stool card instructions in your test packet and ty to avoid certain foods, such as red meats.

CAN I/HOW DO I OBTAIN A COPY OF MY LABS OR RADIOLOGY EXAMS?

After you have reviewed your labs/exams with a physician, simply request a copy when you’re checking out. This policy is in place so that any questions you might have can be answered immediately.