Charlotte, NC-Health Care

The Charlotte region has plenty of high-quality health care providers, and a broad, sophisticated network of professionals and organizations offering everything from primary care to emergency care, preventive maintenance to high-tech procedures. No matter where you live, you’ll find quality health-care facilities nearby. As the region has grown, hospitals, physicians’ groups and other health care providers have expanded beyond the hospital corridor near Uptown Charlotte to serve the entire area. Health care services and facilities in neighboring counties have expanded as well.

PPO and POS

While you can still find traditional fee-for-service practices, managed care is widely available and accepted here. You’ll find many health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs) and point-of-service (POS) plans to choose from. Of course, the managed care plan you pick will influence your choice of physicians, so check that program’s rules before you select your new physicians. In recent years, many smaller practices have consolidated, while hospital-affiliated management groups have purchased others. These days you’ll find more and more area physicians practicing in large clinics, but you can still find a few physicians in solo or two-doctor practices.

Specialty Doctors

The city also has many health-care professionals in fields such as dentistry, chiropractic, optometry and podiatry. If you need non-emergency care but don’t yet have a family physician, you can visit a minor-emergency or urgent-care center (check the yellow pages under “Physicians”).

Hospitalization

If you need hospitalization, managed care probably will dictate your choices here as well. Make note of your health insurance plan’s requirements when you seek referrals for care. If you have the opportunity to choose which hospitals you wish to use, take some time now to research area institutions so you’ll be well equipped to select the one you prefer should the need arise.      For a list of human services and referral information, click here For a list of Charlotte regional hospitals, click here For Triad Region information, click here                                                                                                                  704-896-5141 Office                                                       www.LeeAnnMiller.com                                                         Allen Tate Company

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