Most physicians will not see patients in their offices or at the patient’s home in the evening or on weekends. Some will, however, and there is a new practice model called Concierge Medicine in which physicians promise greater access for a fee. Typically, if a patient calls a physician after hours, that doctor, or a covering doctor, will respond, discuss symptoms and advise the patient to immediately go to the emergency department at a nearby hospital if it is a critical problem or come in to the doctor’s office the next day if the need is not urgent.
Mary L. Coan, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
Location and Office HoursIntegrative Family Care at The Springs
Clifton Springs, NY 14432
- Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
- MVP Health Plan
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