I appreciate the new patients coming into the practice. Welcome and thank you to both the Wedge for Health Freedom and Samaritan Ministries and other faith-based medi-share programs for redirecting patients here. I look forward to working with you for cost effective better medical care and better health.
These were my initial thoughts on this virus in early March of 2020:
I even hesitate to do this as the information and recommendations are changing almost hourly on this pandemic. During this heightened period of time, I felt it was important to reassure my patients that I am committed to delivering the best and most effective care for them during this time.
First I would like all to realize while this appears to be a highly contagious infection, it is not very virulent other than in the elderly and those with significant underlying medical co-morbidities. Unlike other pandemics in the past, this is NOT dangerous to pediatric patients with NO deaths occurring due to COVID 19 in patients under 30 years of age in Minnesota.
Symptoms are very general with fever, shortness of breath, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and cough. Similar to many other viral illnesses.
Recommendations for testing and other general information are availble at the following site:
April 9, 2021 latest state specific statistics:
ACTUAL statistics using the population of the state of MN as 5,600,000:
1. Percent of state population that has died of COVID 19 with the assumption (well established) that at least a third of the deaths that are counted were not the result of COVID 10 = 0.07%. For those of you without much math background(i.e. politicians and social scientists) that means 70 one thousands of one percent of the state's population has died (maybe) of COVID 19. Of that group 77% of patients have been 75 years of age or over and 65% have occurred in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. That leaves 0.05% or 50 ten thousands of one percent of the population that are less than 75 that have died of this infection.
2. Percent of the state population that have tested positive for COVID 19 = 8.9%. Of those testing positive, the rate of death is 1.2% and if you extrapolate that we are likely testing 1/10th of those with the disease, it is more like 0.11%, similar to a fairly bad influenza outbreak.
Given all of these data, it is clear that this is a severe illness with a death risk for patients who are elderly or immunocompromised but particularly those that live in institutional settings. What about the rest of us? Try and wash hands frequently, wear your mask to virtue signal and consider vaccination, not so much from a medical standpoint but from a psychological standpoint to help move forward. One can only hope that retrospective analysis of the reaction to this virus can help guide a more measured, reasonable and risk specific response to, God forbid, another pandemic of this sort.
PLEASE NOTE NEW FEES AS OF 1/2/2021
Swab test: $125.00
IgM and IgG antibody test:
New Patient $125.00
Established Patient $85.00
Off Hours visit:
New Patient: $200.00
Established Patient $150.00
Rapid Strep tests $30.00
Tetanus update $80.00
TB skin test $60.00
Physicals will include history and physical as well as blood work to include lipid (cholesterol) profile, Blood counts (CBC) and metabolic profile (glucose, electrolytes and kidney tests). Additional labs as dictated by exam may be recommended.
New Patient $350.00
Established Patient $275.00
New Patients - $175.00 with no labs
Existing patients - $125.00
Additional tests are available but will include an extra charge. Most labs are from $10.00 - $70.00. Price quote is available prior to drawing labs.
Without tetanus update $100.00
With tetanus update $175.00
Well child checks
Children 12-17 (New) $150.00
with labs $180.00
Children 12-17 (Est) $125.00
with labs $150.00
New patient: $250.00
Existing patient: $175.00
Subsequent visits $85.00
Minor surgeries including in office surgeries, wart treatment, excision of skin tags, laceration repairs.
Price is from $150.00 - $500.00 depending on the service. Price will be quoted prior to service being rendered.
Orono Family Medicine strives to provide the most cost effective consultant services including MRI scan, CT scan, colonoscopies and surgical consultants.
Knees and shoulders $500.00
ORONO FAMILY MEDICINE DOES NOT BILL HEALTH INSURANCE CARRIERS. AFTER THE VISIT, YOU WILL RECEIVE A RECEIPT THAT CAN BE SUBMITTED FOR REIMBURSEMENT OR CREDIT TOWARD DEDUCTIBLE. WE DO DIRECT DEPOSIT FROM HSA DEBIT CARDS.
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Office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Wednesday all day. Availability for other hours depending on need.