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Five reasons to choose a Dignity Health doctor

Whether you're outside exploring or just hanging out, our doctors and specialists want to help keep busy families healthy. This open enrollment, choose a provider who can do just that. Choose humankindness.

  1. Have a new job or new insurance? Select an award-winning Dignity Health provider who is covered by your new insurance plan. Dignity Health Medical Foundation contracts with most health insurance plans and provides healthcare services that fit your health plan benefits. 

  2. Did you have a change in your dependents? Get married? Have a baby? Be sure your family is covered! Dignity Health Medical Foundation offers health care services for the entire family, including Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. Find a primary care provider that meets your needs.

  3. Are you looking for quality specialists? Dignity Health Medical Foundation has some of the best specialty care providers in the county. Providing seamless, comprehensive care programs, our primary care providers work with our specialists to provide you with a seamless care team. Our specialities include Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Family Medicine, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Neurology, Urology, Pulmonary Disease, Women’s Health, and Sports Medicine. 

  4. Does your doctor offer online appointment scheduling? Many of Dignity Health's providers offer the convenience of scheduling an appointment online. As a Dignity Health patient, you'll have access to our Online Patient Center.

  5. Want a convenient location? Dignity Health Medical Foundation has many clinic locations to choose from. Find a Medical Group near you.

Insurance accepted

Dignity Health has hospitals and clinics located all across California. Stay in the know with which insurance plans are accepted at each of our locations within your region.

How to select the right health plan for you

The best plan is one that affordably covers all your medical needs—and connects you with a conveniently located medical group. Step one is simple: assess your medical needs, consider the last 12 months. How many times did you see the doctor? Were most of your visits with your primary care physician or did you see specialists? If your health plan covers your spouse or children, consider their medical visits, too. And don't forget urgent care and emergency room visits. 

Using this list as a guide, think ahead to what you might need during the next year. Be sure to include annual preventive care services, such as an annual check up, medicare annual wellness visit, and any screenings that may be due like a colonoscopy or mammogram. If you are expecting a baby or planning a pregnancy, factor in prenatal care visits and a hospital delivery. Some health plans cover genetic counseling and infertility services. If you anticipate the need, write it down.

If you have young children, be sure to include well-baby and well-child check-ups, immunizations and school physicals, along with periodic office visits for illness or injuries.

Once you've compiled this master list of medical needs, you can begin to objectively evaluate each health plan.

Step two is to compare benefits. At first glance, every health plan may seem about the same. In terms of covered benefits, you'll find the biggest differences in the following areas:

  • Mental health coverage: What coverage is offered for individual or family counseling services? How large is the panel of providers and what type of referral is needed?
  • Fertility services: Are these covered? What are the services provided?
  • Chiropractic care and complementary medicine: Are chiropractic services covered, and to what extent? Is acupuncture covered?
  • Vision care: Does the plan cover annual eye exams and eyeglasses or contact lenses?

In addition, check on your prescription costs and drug coverage—how much will each prescription cost you? Also, how responsive is your health plan to its members? If you want wellness classes to help you manage stress, does the plan cover member education classes?

Take, for example, Western Health Advantage. They offer many benefits including:

  • Full benefit coverage for all your needs
  • Conveniently located doctor panel
  • Copay cost per office visit
  • Copay cost for emergency care
  • Copay cost for prescriptions
  • Freedom to choose own doctor
  • Freedom to see specialists in many medical groups
  • Customer service accessibility
  • Health education provided
  • Choice of hospitals

Compare these features and benefits to your own health plan or HMO and this will help you gauge benefit differences.

Your final step should be determining a plan's affordability. Here's where your master list of medical needs really comes in handy. Begin by noting your monthly paycheck deduction for each of the plans in which you are interested. Then add in your cost for each anticipated medical service. With managed care plans, your cost is a fixed amount called "copayment." Copayments for routine office visits are low; copayments for after-hours urgent care and emergency medical care are much higher.

If you prefer a health plan that allows you to see physicians outside the designated networks (non-network provider), estimating costs is trickier. Under this system, every time you see a non-network provider, you must pay a percentage of the cost of that medical service. If you want the security of knowing exactly how much a trip to the doctor will cost, choose a plan with a fixed copayment.

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