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Q. I’m not sure that my symptoms are hormonally related or that I am appropriate for your practice. What do you suggest?
A. FIRST, take the Hormone Self-Questionnaire for women or men, or the PCOS Self-Questionnaire and the Fibromyalgia Self-Questionnaire contained in the new patient packet available on our website. Based on your scores, these tests will give you an idea whether your symptoms are hormonally related and whether our services will benefit you.
NEXT, read Dr. Vliet’s books to give you background on other patients’ stories, the research supporting her clinical approaches, and her philosophy and treatment options. If you find that you identify with the patient stories in the books, and you “reasonate” with Dr. Vliet’s approaches, then we encourage you to schedule an in-depth evaluation or a Second Opinion Consult.
Dr. Vliet is the author of these popular books on hormone issues for women from puberty to menopause and beyond:
1. Screaming To Be Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect …and Doctors Ignore (First edition, M. Evans, 1994)
2. Screaming To Be Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect …and Doctors Still Ignore (Revised and expanded edition, M. Evans, 2001).
3. Women, Weight and Hormones: Are Your Hormones Making You Fat? (hardback, M. Evans, 2003)
4. It’s My Ovaries, Stupid! (Scribner, 2003)
5. It’s My Ovaries, Stupid! (Revised and expanded edition, paperback, 2005)
6. The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Testosterone (paperback, 2005
7. The Savvy Woman’s Guide to PCOS. Paperback, 2006
Q. May I see the physician without doing the suggested lab work or additional tests?
A. We feel the laboratory information added to an in-depth history and physical examination is critical to making a correct diagnosis. Symptom lists are non-specific and may lead to incorrect diagnoses if you just base the diagnosis on “symptoms” without proper laboratory evaluation to clarify the underlying causes.
Q. Are all services covered by insurance and will your office file for me?
A. Coverage of specific services varies by insurance company and health care plan. Because each plan and insurance company has a different policy, we suggest that you call and verify which services they will cover and how to submit your claim.
We will provide you with a “walk out” statement itemizing services received and payments made. You then file your own claim for possible reimbursement according to the terms of your insurance plan. We do not provide claim filing services. We feel strongly that, as your health professionals, our focus and loyalty should be with you and not directed by your insurance company’s dictates based on their profits.
Since we do not file electronic insurance claims, your medical privacy is also better protected. Your medical records are never sent to any insurance company or any other third party – medical records are sent ONLY to you to review and decide what information you want released to others.
Because Dr. Vliet has not signed a contract with any insurance plans, she is able to practice medicine in the way that is in your best interests, without inappropriate restrictions and more time-intensive appointments devoted to you. Dr. Vliet’s practice is not “assembly line” medicine or 5-minute office visits. We will provide one “medical necessity” letter at no charge for you to submit to your insurance or prescription plan. There will be a charge for subsequent medical letters if required by insurance plans.
Q: I don’t have insurance. What can I do to pay for the medical services I need?
A: We have a number payment options: 1. We take all major credit cards: Visa, AMEX, MasterCard, and Discover
2. We offer Advance Care Medical Credit Card with no interest for 14 months. After that, Advance Care charges interest based on your credit score. Apply Here