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How can I determine if a doctor will see patients at night or on weekends?

Jennifer N. Caudle, DO
Family Medicine
To see if a doctor has evening or weekend hours, call the office to check availability; or check the practice website for more information. Watch family medicine specialist Jennifer Caudle, DO, explain the best ways to confirm open office hours. 
Dr. John J. Connolly
Healthcare Insurance & Policy
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.

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