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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 At Statcare, we had a patient whose citizenship was revoked after 23 years!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!


Are You Protected Against Measles? Get Tested!

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) announced this past week that a tourist, who had been confirmed to have measles, visited Niagara Falls on May 11 and May 12, 2017 and may have potentially exposed others to measles.

Measles can be serious. The common presenting symptoms are fever, rash, runny nose and red eyes. It can cause serious health complications.

Complications:

  • ear infection (otitis media)
  • lung infection (penumonia, bronchitis)
  • diarrhea
  • brain swelling/damage

According to the CDC:

  • about 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized.
  • 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling/damage.
  • 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care.

People at high risk of complications:

  • infants and children < 5 years of age
  • adults aged > 20 years of age
  • pregnant women
  • people with compromised immune systems like leukemia, HIV

Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected.

Measles was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000 thanks to a highly effective vaccination program. It is no longer constantly present in this country. However, measles is still common in many parts of the world. Even if your family does not travel internationally, you could come into contact with measles anywhere in the community.

The best protection against measles is measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. MMR vaccine provides long-lasting protection against all strains of measles. 2 doses of the vaccine are recommended for best protection.

Walk-in to any of our clinics to get tested for immunity against measles (blood-work) . We also offer the MMR vaccine. 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.


Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease This Summer

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

As the weather warms up, you and your family will probably be spending more time enjoying the great outdoors. After all, the summer brings more opportunities for you to camp, hike, swim and bike. Before going outside, though, be sure to protect yourself from Lyme disease this summer.

In 2015, 95% of confirmed Lyme disease cases were reported from 14 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics.

What can you do to protect yourself?

You can decrease the chances of being bitten by a tick with a few precautions.

  1. Avoid tick infested areas. This is especially important in May, June and July. Many local health departments and park or extension services will have information regarding these areas.
  2. If you are in a tick-infested area, walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass.
  3. Use insect repellent. Spray repellent containing a 20%-30% concentration of DEET on clothes and on exposed skin.
  4. You can also treat clothes (especially pants, socks and shoes) with permethrin, which kills ticks on contact. Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
  5. Permethrin can also be used on tents and some camping gear. 
  6. Always check for ticks after being outdoors, even in your own yard.
  7. Remove attached ticks with tweezers. Avoid crushing the tick's body. Grasp the tick firmly and as close to the skin as possible. Cleanse the area with an antiseptic.
  8. Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within 2 hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
  9. After being outdoors, dry clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes to kill any ticks that are attached to clothing.

Source: CDC

If you think that you may be ill from a tick bite, you should see a healthcare provider to diagnose your illness. Statcare Urgent Medical Care is a great option for tick prevention advice, Lyme Disease testing and treatment. 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.



Walk In Sports Physical in NY

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Every participant in a school sports team is required to complete a pre-participation physical examination, also called sports physical. Statcare Urgent Medical Care offers sports physicals at all our locations. Sports physicals consist of two parts: a medical history and a physical examination. The goals of sports physicals are to evaluate an athlete's general health, current fitness level, risk of injury and physical well-being. 

A sports physical allows a healthcare provider to identify any conditions that might keep the athlete out of the game or affect performance. Athletes should have a physical six weeks before the start of the sport season; however this can vary due to changing sport seasons. This timing provides an opportunity to address an existing injury or improve conditioning prior to participation in the activity.

Our healthcare providers perform sports physicals at all our locations. Notifying the provider of any relevant information regarding previous hospitalizations or surgeries, illnesses or diseases within the family, medications, past injuries or allergies will help the physical run smoothly.

Even if your child has received a general physical, it is important to also receive a sports physical prior to participation in sports or physical activity. Sports physicals are more targeted and specifically focus on the physical requirements needed to play a sport. If your child is involved in sports on an on-going basis, it is recommended they receive a sports physical annually.

What to bring?

  • Your child's eye glasses if they wear one.
  • Your child's immunization records.

What to expect?

Step one

  • Questions regarding serious illnesses among other family members.
  • Questions regarding past illnesses, injuries, hospitalizations and surgeries.
  • Questions about any medications your child is on.
  • Height, weight, blood pressure and pulse measurement.
  • Vision check.

Step two

  • Inform the provider if your child has passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or experienced strained breathing during exercise.
  • Heart, lung, abdomen, ear, nose and throat examination.
  • Posture, joints, strength and flexibility assessment.

At the end of the visit, your healthcare provider will stamp the medical forms required.

When you visit Statcare Urgent Medical Care, you can get your child's sport physical done without having to wait in long lines. You can even check in online prior to your visit. We are open 7 days a week. You do not need an appointment. With extended hours, Statcare Urgent Medical Care makes it easy to receive a sports physical and return to the game. Walk in and be seen now!


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