The Roanoker - January/February 2018 - VL38
Health Care in the
Congratulations for moving to one of the nicest
spots on earth (if we do say so ourselves)-now
what? Getting acquainted with a new community
can be overwhelming, and one of the most daunting tasks is often finding and getting to know new
health care providers.
Finding the right medical providers, however,
does not have to be a challenge. Chris Mertes, M.D.,
Vice Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Carilion Clinic, tells us why.
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Q: What advice do you have for newcomers
who are unfamiliar with the Valley's health care
A: There are many access points to care, but it's
important to have someone that you're established
with who can understand your medical history, the
details of your family history and be familiar with you.
Each individual should have a primary care physician. They can serve as the person to help you navigate through what, nationwide, is a very complex
health care system. In addition to standard wellness
CARILION CLINIC: RIVERS AND ROADS PHOTOGRAPHY
Health care can be confusing, especially with the constant changes that
occur. Here are a few tips and updates from the region's top providers on
the best ways to learn more about your health care options.