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 At Statcare, we had a patient whose citizenship was revoked after 23 years!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


How to remove a tick?

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

How to remove a tick?

  1. Using tweezers, grasp the tick near the mouth parts, as close to the skin as possible.
  2. Pull the tick in a steady, upward motion away from skin.
  3. Do not use kerosone, matches or petroleum jelly to remove tick.
  4. Disinfect site with soap and water or hydrogen peroxide.
  5. Record date and location of tick bite.
  6. Dispose a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag, wrapping it tightly in tape or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.

 


Things To Know About Mono (Kissing Disease)

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

What is infectious mononucleosis?

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono or the "kissing disease," is an infection caused by Ebstein-Barr virus.

How did I get mono?

The virus can spread from person to person through contact with saliva. Thus, a person can be exposed to the virus by kissing, sharing eating utensils, or drinking from the same glass as a person who has mono. 

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever (temperature greater than 100.4ºF)
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged lymph glands in the neck

Is mono ever dangerous?

The spleen is an organ in the left upper abdomen, just under the diaphragm. It becomes enlarged in about half of people with mono. If the spleen becomes enlarged, it is recommended avoiding contact sports or heavy lifting for a few weeks. This advice is given to avoid the rare complication of splenic rupture that can occur after trauma, but can also happen spontaneously.

How is mono diagnosed?

Mono may be suspected based upon a person's symptoms and physical examination. Blood tests are done to confirm the diagnosis. We also offer the in-house mono test at our clinics.

How is mono treated?
The goal of mono treatment is to ease the symptoms while the immune system contains the virus. Antibiotics are not helpful because mono is caused by a virus, and there are no antiviral medications that are known to effectively treat or cure Epstein-Barr virus. Symptomatic treatment is advised.

Walk-in to any of our clinics. 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.


Respiratory Problems: How Statcare Urgent Care Can Help

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Chronic lower respiratory disease, primarily COPD, was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2014. Though most respiratory problems can be alleviated with daily maintenance and preventive care, flare-ups can still strike. If you need immediate care for a respiratory problem, please give us a call or visit any of our clinics.

Common Respiratory Problems

  • Asthma: It is a chronic disease that inflames the air passages and leads to temporary obstructions of the airways. These obstructions result in symptoms like coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. When these symptoms come on rapidly, they can trigger an asthma attack. 
  • Bronchitis: It is inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes. Acute bronchitis is short-term, usually caused by a cold. Chronic bronchitis is more serious and requires specialized care.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): This refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases asthma.
  • Pneumonia: It is an infection that inflames the air sacs in the lungs and can cause them to fill with fluid. Symptoms include cough, fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue.

Nebulizer treatment: We offer nebulizer treatments to all our patients experiencing respiratory problems. Nebulizers convert liquid medication into a vapor which is easily inhaled directly into the lungs. Many patients report extreme relief after nebulizer treatment.

If you are suffering from a serious asthma attack, you should call 911 or head immediately to an emergency room.

Walk-in to any of our clinics. 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.

Most urgent care centers, including Fast Track, offer nebulizer treatments for asthma suffers and patients experiencing other respiratory problems. Nebulizers convert liquid medication into a vapor which is easily inhaled directly into the lungs. Many patients report extreme relief after nebulizer treatment.
Most urgent care centers, including Fast Track, offer nebulizer treatments for asthma suffers and patients experiencing other respiratory problems. Nebulizers convert liquid medication into a vapor which is easily inhaled directly into the lungs. Many patients report extreme relief after nebulizer treatment.

Arthritis in the US: Time To Take Action

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

  • Arthritis affects about 1 in 4 adults (54 million) in the United States. 
  • It is the leading cause of disability in the US. 24 million adults report limitations due to arthritis. 
  • The most common form of arthritis in the US is osteoarthritis. 
  • Arthritis makes it harder to manage heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
  • Being physically activate can reduce arthritis pain. 

Tips:

  1. Early diagnosis and appropriate management of arthritis can help people with the condition live well without pain.
  2. Exercise (swimming, biking, walking) regularly to stay healthy.
  3. Physical activity has been proven to reduce arthritis pain and restore function.
  4. Maintaining a healthy weight has been shown to decrease the risk of developing osteoarthritis and gout and may decrease disease progression and arthritis-related activity limitations.

    Source: CDC

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