How to choose a ‘medical home’ right for you

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A “medical home” is the clinic you normally go to for check-ups, immunizations and when you feel sick or have a minor injury. It’s sometimes called your primary clinic, where your primary healthcare provider works.

A medical home keeps records of your medical history, medications and your insurance information. You are welcome to phone your medical home to ask questions, which sometimes avoids having to make a trip to the clinic.

What if you don’t currently have a medical home? What if you’ve been blessed with good health all your life and don’t go to a doctor unless you have to get some kind of shot or exam?

How do you choose which clinic to use as your go-to clinic?

When choosing a medical home, go online or call around to find out about the clinic hours and services. You may want a clinic with an urgent care service that allows you to walk in without an appointment, or maybe you would like a clinic that has specialists, such as a pediatrician.

If you want help choosing a medical home, call a Dallas County Public Health Navigator at 515-993-3750 for help in searching for and connecting with a medical home.

Ann Cochran is the health navigation coordinator in the Dallas County Public Health Department.

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