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 healthy 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 available at the following site:
Unfortunately, as is common with everything in this highly polarized social media driven information age, when you mix politics and medicine you get politics which has infected the common sense of most physicians and public health personnel in this COVID 19 pandemic. One can hope that the sane approach modeled by such countries as Sweden and states such as Florida and Texas can teach the ivory tower epidemiologists and infectious disease physicians who haven't seen a patient in over 40 years how best to approach this in the future.
PLEASE NOTE NEW FEES AS OF 2/1/2021
PCR test: $150.00
Covid antibody test:
New Patient $200.00
Established Patient $135.00
Weight loss new patient:
Off Hours visit:
Established Patient $200.00
Rapid Strep tests $35.00
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, liver and kidney tests). Additional labs as dictated by exam may be recommended.
New Patient $400.00
Established Patient $300.00
New Patients - $225.00 with no labs
Existing patients - $175.00 with no labs
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 $150.00
With tetanus update $225.00
Well child checks
Children 12-17 (New) $200.00
with labs $250.00
Children 12-17 (Est) $175.00
with labs $200.00
New patient: $400.00
Existing patient: $225.00
Subsequent visits $175.00
Minor surgeries including in office surgeries, wart treatment, excision of skin tags, laceration repairs.
Price is from $250.00 - $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 $600.00
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.
Orono Family Medicine is a Direct Primary Care Practice
Direct Primary Care is an innovative primary care model being embraced by patients, physicians, employers, payers and policymakers across the United States.The defining element of DPC is an enduring and trusting relationship between a patient and his or her primary care physician. In DPC unwanted fee-for-service incentives are replaced with a simple direct bill for that day's service. This empowers the doctor-patient relationship and is the key to achieving superior health outcomes, lower costs and an enhanced patient experience.
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Office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 - 5:00. No office hours on Wednesday or Fridays.