Christ Clinic

(509) 325-0393 • 914 W. Carlisle

Patient Information

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Cost

Q: What types of payment does Christ Clinic accept?
A: In order to keep costs down, Christ Clinic only accepts cash and checks. We do not have a debit/credit machine.

Q: Do I have to pay at the time of my visit?
A: Payment is due at the time of the visit. If this is not possible, we can bill you, but ask that you pay something every month and stay current on your account.

Q: Will Christ Clinic help with the cost of my medications?
A: As much as possible, we order generic low cost medications. If a generic is not available and the medication is needed, we sign 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 of our patients pay around $20 for a visit.

Q: Is Christ Clinic free?
A: Christ Clinic provides services based on a sliding fee scale.

Who Do We See?

Q: Who can come to Christ Clinic?
A: Christ Clinic is a family practice for individuals without any insurance. Any person in need of a primary care provider who does not have any medical insurance can call to schedule an appointment. We do not accept chronic pain patients.

Q: 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 is generally a two week wait for a new patient appointment, and we do not book more than two-weeks out for a new patient.

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 two years since your last date of service, you would be considered a Returning Patient to Christ Clinic and would need to meet the same qualifications as a New Patient. If you have any insurance, you cannot be seen at Christ Clinic.

Other

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 usually accepts some specific medical donations, we are currently not accepting these until further notice.

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 medical director is a Nurse Practitioner who provides appointments on a full time basis, as does our staff Physician Assistant. We also have physicians and nurse practitioners who volunteer their services.

Appointments

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, 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 24-hour notice. If a patient no-shows their first appointment at Christ Clinic, they cannot be rescheduled. If an established patient no-shows their appointment twice, a policy warning letter is sent to the patient. Three no-shows in a year are grounds for dismissal from the clinic.

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, Christ Clinic offers a ten-minute grace period to late arrivals. Once the 10-minute window has closed, the appointment must be rescheduled and will be considered a no-show.

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 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.

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 part-time Psychologist and a Counselor available by referral for our established patients.