- Amelia Colley, M.D., FAAP
- Philip Dawson, M.D., FAAP
- Scott Iwashyna, M.D., FAAP
9606 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23229
(804) 740-6171 office | (804) 741-3105 Fax
Insurance Companies and Check-ups
There is plenty of evidence supporting the need for regular healthy check-ups for children. General health for your child and for the country is improved. There is also ample proof that getting your care with the same physician is much more beneficial than seeing many providers at diverse locations. But, as with many healthy suggestions, there is a catch.
At West End Pediatrics, we are finding that insurance companies are getting more and more restrictive about check-ups. Some companies only allow one check-up in a 365 day span. Other plans allow only one check-up in a calendar year. Co-pays are also changing a lot this year. Of course, these restrictions don’t apply to babies and toddlers, but the rules are becoming more and more confusing and restrictive.
Sometimes issues come up during a check-up that exceed the normal bounds of a check-up. If we spend significant time, have to prescribe medications, arrange referrals, etc there may be an extra charge with your check-up. These are also new rules imposed by your insurance company.
Please check with your insurance company to determine your individual coverage before a visit. Our staff will do our best to figure it out also; but we hope you understand that as the rules get more confusing and diverse, it takes us more time to help you with your child’s regular care. We all love seeing our patients as they grow and we hope you like seeing us too.