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Health Care: Know Where to Go

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There’s lots of confusion when it comes to the different types of doctors.
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(Phone ringing)
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Primary care versus specialty care. In-network versus out of network.
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You should see your primary care doctor when you feel well and need a checkup or when you feel sick.
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Your primary care doctor may be the same as your HIV doctor,
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who helps manage your treatment and refills your prescriptions.
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Or, your primary care doctor may not be the same as your HIV doctor.
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In that case, your HIV doctor might be a “Specialist” who only focuses on HIV-related care.
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It may cost more to see your specialist because co-pays may be higher than primary care.
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You should call your health insurance provider to see if they are covered under your health insurance plan.
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Then we have “In network” providers. (Man on cellphone: Can you hear me?)
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These are the doctors, clinics, health centers and hospitals who provide services under your health insurance plan.
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(Man on cell phone: How about now?)
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“Out of network” providers may cost more and may not be covered under your health insurance plan.
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(Man on cell phone: Good!)
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If you are sick or injured and your doctor’soffice is closed, call the phone number on the back of your insurance card and ask if there are
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urgent care centers nearby. Most people save time and money by going to urgent care centers
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rather than the Emergency Room. The Emergency Room is the most expensive type of care
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and you may have to wait before you are treated.
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If you’re severely sick or injured, or in a life-threatening situation, you should go
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to the Emergency Room.
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Now you know the different ways your insurance might cover your doctors,
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and where to go when you need different types of healthcare
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— when you need a checkup, or, you’re really not feeling like yourself.
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(Nose blowing)
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NARRATOR: Get affordable health coverage & care. Find a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program near you.
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Visit findservices dot h-i-v dot gov. And for more information about this video
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series, visit targethiv dot org slash A-C-E.