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Looking For An Immigration Doctor? 10 Valuable Tips!

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

US Passport - Immigration1. Blindly choosing a doctor from the USCIS list. That list is merely a guide.  Shop around. At Statcare, we see patients from 5 States around NY!


2.  Using your health insurance card. Run the Green Card physical through your insurance and you just violated the law!

You see, Immigration physicals are NOT part of your health benefit. And healthcare fraud is a federal offense. At Statcare, we had a patient whose citizenship was revoked after 23 years!


3.  Looking for shortcuts and dictating how the I-693 form has to be filled.  Medical conditions do not prevent you from getting a green card as long as you take care of them.  If your TB Test is positive - it's not the end of the world! Don’t submit false information. You have worked hard to get here. Don’t mess it up, now!


4. Complaining about the costs of a medical exam. You probably paid the attorneys several thousand dollars and never complained about it. A civil surgeon’s visit is only a few hundred.  And this visit is about your health. Life expectancy in the US is higher for a reason. Chances are you have been working too hard and not had a chance to go to a doctor.  This visit is your opportunity to maintain good health!


5.  Going to multiple places to save a dime. Penny wise pound foolish!  Because it will scatter your information, cause aggravation and delay your paperwork.  At Statcare, we see patients with the wrong tests done elsewhere. Let the immigration experts at Statcare deal with this!


6.  Blaming the practice for asking you to get records or tests.  The USCIS requirements are the law.  If your TB screening test is positive, it is mandatory for you to get a chest X-Ray.  The civil surgeon cannot proceed without it. Don’t blame the messenger for your test results!


7.  Blaming the practice for your vaccination requirement shortfalls.  No two countries vaccinate alike.  Many countries do not give MMR vaccine as is the standard in the USA.  So, if your vaccination record falls short, what is missing needs to be addressed.  Vaccines save lives. If you missed out on it growing up, now is the time to get them!

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8.  Going to a lab and having them bill you later. Do this and they will bill you full charges!  Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount at the lab.  Also, always settle the bill in full before you leave any lab. At Statcare, the lab charges are minimal. $10 for RPR as an example.


9.  Falling for a fixed price “all-inclusive” Immigration Medical Exam. Example: A flat fee of 250 dollars covers the visits, the tests and all shots.

 

Let’s see why this is impossible to do.


First, all countries vaccinate differently. A one-size fits all approach cannot work.


Secondly, civil surgeons need to buy vaccines. Sterile water is cheap. Not vaccines. Call the CVS, Walgreens or Kroger near you to find out.


Thirdly, tests when performed at nationally certified labs cost money. Typing your own report does not.


At Statcare, we have seen everything in the last 10 years.  A flat fee is always a scam!


10.  Going to a doctor that is not busy doing immigration physicals. Guidelines evolve. Forms are revised. New tests get added. The I-693 Form itself is many pages long. The less you do, the more mistakes you make. And your package will get returned.  Having said that, there are good civil surgeons out there. Statcare has four of them!


15 Tips For Traveling With Diabetes

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

If you have diabetes, you can enjoy all kinds of recreational travel from a week at the beach, to camping, to sightseeing across Asia. Planning ahead is the key to traveling with diabetes.

  1. Be sure to have a complete medical exam well before you travel to make sure your diabetes is under control. This will allow enough time for immunizations, if you need them, and give you time to recover from any side effects.
  2. Plan your activities so you can work on your meals and insulin injections.
  3. Make a note of all medications along with dosages. Also label all medications.
  4. Make sure you carry enough medication and syringes to last through the trip with you. Also carry equipment needed to manage your diabetes(insulin, syringes, and other medicines or devices).
  5. You may want to carry at least twice as much medicine and blood-testing supplies as you think you will need.
  6. Be sure to carry extra batteries for your glucometer.
  7. Carry a well-wrapped, airtight snack pack of snacks like (crackers, peanut butter, some form of sugar like hard candy or glucose tablets) to treat low blood glucose.
  8. Before you fly, be sure to request a special meal low in sugar, fat, and cholesterol at least 48 hours in advance.
  9. Wait until you see your food coming down the aisle to take your insulin shot, otherwise, if your meal is delayed, you could experience low blood glucose.
  10. Plan for crossing time zones: Eastbound travel means a shorter day, so if you inject insulin, you may need less. Traveling westbound means a longer day, so more insulin may be needed. Talk to one of our providers for more information.
  11. Checking blood sugar while traveling is just as important as when at home. It is important to check blood sugar soon after landing as jet lag may make it difficult to tell if your blood sugar is very low or very high.
  12. Insulin does not need to be refrigerated, but should not be stored in very hot or very cold temperatures. It is important to store insulin properly. Many travel packs are available to keep insulin cool.
  13. Be extra careful about food and water precautions. Avoid uncooked foods and tap water. Foods that upset your stomach could cause your blood glucose levels to become uncontrolled.
  14. Wear comfortable shoes and never walk with bare feet. Check your feet every day, looking for signs of blisters, cuts, redness, swelling, and scratches.
  15. Get medical care at the first sign of any infection or inflammation.

Walk-in to any of our clinics and talk to our providers about traveling if you have diabetes. You can also get your physical (which include labs) done before traveling. We also offer travel vaccines. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.

Source: American Diabetes Association


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