Q: What types of payment does Christ Clinic accept?
A: Christ Clinic only accepts cash, credit/debt cards, and checks.
Q: Do I have to pay at the time of my visit?
A: Yes. Payment is due at the time of the visit.
Q: Will Christ Clinic help with the cost of my medications?
A: As much as possible, we prescribe generic low cost medications. If a generic is not available and the medication is needed, we sign uninsured patients up for the Medication Assistance Program through the pharmaceutical companies. If you do not qualify for this program or there is not a program available for your specific medication, you will need to purchase the medication at the pharmacy of your choice. From time to time there are samples available for these medications but this is not a consistent supply and samples are generally used initially to see if the medication is going to be an appropriate choice. We are not able to help non-patients with their medication needs-this is for our patients only.
Q: How much does it cost to be seen at Christ Clinic?
A: The cost of the patient visit depends both on where they fall on the sliding fee scale as well as on what the visit entails. Most visits cost between $20-$30. We are happy to bill insurances we are credentialed with. New patients may be required to pay a deposit prior to appointment. As of December 1, 2015 the clinic will increase fees by 25%. please check with us to see how this will directly affect your visit.
Q: Do you charge for missed appointments?
A: Yes. We have limited appointments with many people needing access to medical care. For this reason the clinic has a flat rate of $25.00 for a no show as well as a cancelled appointment without notice.
Q: Is Christ Clinic free?
A: No – Christ Clinic provides services based on a sliding fee scale. This is determined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines, http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/14poverty.cfm
Who Do We See?
Q: Who can come to Christ Clinic?
A: Christ Clinic is a family practice for individuals with or without medical insurance. Any person in need of a primary care provider who has DSHS medical insurance, Medicare, or no insurance can call to schedule an appointment. As of November 2015 Christ Clinic accepts Molina, Coordianted Care/Ambetter, Amerigroup, DSHS, Medicare, L&I, and Premera/Lifewise, and United Healthcare. Please note for patient safety any non-English speaking patients will require an adult translator for all appointments. You will be rescheduled if there is no interpreter.
I’m not a patient, but need to be seen urgently – can I come to Christ Clinic?
A: You can call to see if there are any new patient appointments available, however there can be a wait for a new patient appointment.
Q: I used to be a patient at Christ Clinic, but now I have insurance…can I still be seen at Christ Clinic?
A: If it’s been at least three years since your last date of service, you would be considered a Returning New Patient to Christ Clinic and would need to meet the same qualifications as a New Patient. Because of the current changes in health care, the clinic has begun to take some insurances available on the Washington State Health Care Exchange.
Q: What donations does Christ Clinic accept?
A: Christ Clinic operates at a large extent thanks to private and corporate financial donations. If you are interested in making a financial donation, it can be mailed in, brought in or made electronically on the website. Although Christ Clinic may accept limited specific medical donations, these must be screened by the nurse manager. Please do not leave donations outside the clinic as disposal facilities are also limited. There is a full list of donations under our “Get Involved” page.
Q: Is Christ Clinic affiliated with a local church?
A: Christ Clinic is a nondenominational Christian medical facility.
Q: How do I get my medical records to or from Christ Clinic?
A: Medical records can be released or obtained by written consent only. Therefore, patients wishing to transfer their medical records to or from Christ Clinic must sign a Release of Records. This form can be obtained from Christ Clinic or at their previous/future provider’s office. Christ Clinic contracts with a local company to oversee the secure transfer of records from Christ Clinic to other offices or to the patient. Thus, a 1-2 week lapse may occur between the time the Release of Records was signed, and when the records are received by the desired party.
Q: Will I be seen by a Doctor at Christ Clinic?
A: Christ Clinic’s anchor staff consist of mid-level providers who provide appointments on a full time basis, as does our volunteer staff ranging from mid-level practitioners to physicians.
Q: Does Christ Clinic accept walk-ins?
A: Christ Clinic sees patients by appointment only.
Q: Can I schedule an appointment for someone else?
A: In order to help prevent no-show appointments, and to protect patient information, Christ Clinic does require that adult patients call to schedule their own appointments. If this is impossible due to a language barrier or a unique circumstance please call and speak with our Receptionist.
Q: What happens if I miss my appointment?
A: Christ Clinic considers a no-show appointment to be one missed with no notice or less than a 4-hour notice. If a patient no-shows their first appointment at Christ Clinic, they may not be able to reschedule. If an established patient no-shows their appointment, they will be charged a flat fee of $25.00 for that missed appointment and will not be rescheduled until it is paid for.
Q: What happens if I’m late to my appointment?
A: We understand that sometimes, unforeseen events prevent patients from arriving to their appointment on time. For this reason, providers and staff will do our best to accommodate late arrivals. There is a chance you will be asked to reschedule in the event that you are late for your appointment.
What We Do
Q: Will Christ Clinic give TB Tests and physical exams?
A: Christ Clinic can give TB Tests to individuals without any insurance and without a primary care provider. TB tests cannot be performed on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Their cost is $16 and must be paid for at the time of service. You also must be prepared to show picture ID, such as a driver’s license. Individuals who receive a TB Test, must return within 48 – 72 hours to have it read. Christ Clinic does not perform Physical Exams, or sports physicals, for individuals who are not currently established with us aside from back to school promotions.
Q: Does Christ Clinic provide Dental Services?
A: No. Christ Clinic provides primary medical care and counseling services.
Q: Does Christ Clinic provide Psychiatric services?
A: Christ Clinic has a Licensed Mental Health Counselor available for our established patients as well as outside patients. Please note that for all patients the clinic will honor our mental health sliding scale discount. Please contact the clinic for further details.