If all your children need to have sports physicals or some type of physical for school, but their pediatrician's office can't get them in on time, or you are new to the area, find a family medical center. A family medical center that has walk in options could be the most affordable and the most practical if you don't already have a physician or pediatrician. Here are the things you want to do to get into the center and get the physicals completed quickly.
Find a Family Medical Facility
Find a family medical center that takes walk-in appointments, and have everyone go at the same time. This is an easy way to get everyone in and out at the same time, and it's less running around and trying to make several appointments consecutively at a traditional office.
Call around and look for a facility that has a set price for walk-in appointments, or see what family medical centers take the type of health insurance you carry. You may find an office that has regular physicians you can see annually, along with your emergency or unpredicted healthcare needs.
Ask About Vaccinations
You'll want to ask about getting any current vaccinations that are needed while you're there, like an annual flu shot. If you can have the charts and information from your old doctor's office shipped over, you can see if your kids are due for any vaccinations that they need to get to fight infectious diseases.
Get the Physical Paperwork
Have the physical paperwork that is required by the school ready for your appointment. The forms that the medical office has may be different than the form that you need for the school, so make sure you have all the paperwork you need before you go in. This saves hassles, faxing, and the possible need for another appointment later on.
If you currently have no medical professional for yourself, your spouse, or any of the children in your family, and you need one to get annual physicals, find a local family medical center that allows you to walk in, or that may be accepting new patients. Finding a general practice doctor that you like is ideal because they can treat everyone in the family, not just the children, when everyone is sick or needs an appointment. Through local sources you should be able to find reviews and make a good choice for your healthcare needs.