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Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio often referred to as the “Home of the Army Medic,” a title earned by being the largest and most important military medical training facility in the world. So pivotal are the operations at Fort Sam Houston that by 2011, all military medical training in the United States will be consolidated there. However, military medicine is only one facet of San Antonio’s vast health care network. In fact, the health care and bioscience industry is San Antonio’s premier economic generator, employing more than 116,000 and making a $16.3 billion economic impact. Consequently, San Antonio residents enjoy some of the best medical systems in the country, including numerous general hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, state hospitals, educational research facilities, surgery facilities and rehabilitation centers.

Due to the abundance of local health care options, an understanding of the various facilities can help you make the best choice for your family. The following pages of Relocating to San Antonio offer a guide to the city’s medical systems to help familiarize yourself with institutions in the area. From an examination of each major health care system, including services offered and future plans for new developments, this chapter will help you make the most informed decisions for health care in San Antonio.

South Texas Medical Center
2009 marked the 50th anniversary of the legislation that ultimately brought to fruition the South Texas Medical Center (STMC). Today encompassing 900 acres, STMC is the largest medical research institution and care provider in South Texas. Its staff of 27,884 oversaw 4,986,064 patient visits in 2008 alone. STMC includes 45 medical-related institutions, including medical, dental and nursing schools, medical treatment and research, 12 hospitals and five specialty facilities.

In 2009, the STMC added 2.2 miles of walking/jogging trail. Built as a means to help combat obesity and diabetes, the paved trail begins at a parking lot off Hamilton Wolff Road and continues through the surrounding wooded areas.

STMC has made many other recent improvements to their facilities and, with capital projects projected over the next 5 years totaling approximately $1.238 billion, STMC promises continued growth and advancements in the medical industry. For more information on the STMC and its affiliated institutions, visit www.southtexasmedicalcenter.com.

Major Health Systems
— Baptist Health System

Baptist Health System is a recognized leader in health care in San Antonio and South Texas, serving health and spiritual needs in a Christian environment. Baptist Health System includes 5 acute-care hospitals (Baptist Medical Center, North Central Baptist Hospital, Northeast Baptist Hospital, Southeast Baptist Hospital, and St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital) which offer 1,753 licensed beds. The system also includes the Baptist Regional Children’s Center, Baptist Women’s Health Center, HealthLink Wellness and Fitness Center, Baptist M&S Imaging Centers, community health and wellness programs, ambulatory services, rehabilitation services, medical office buildings, AirLife air medical transport and the School of Health Professions.

In 2009, Baptist Health System became the first to bring medical services to the Westover area with the opening of the Westover Baptist Medical Office Building. West Bexar County is one of the fastest growing residential areas in San Antonio and the Westover Baptist Medical Campus will serve this growing number of residents with the medical office building and outpatient surgical center. Plans also include the addition of a new hospital as the demand for healthcare services in the area continues to grow.

Recently, Baptist Health Systems became the first to bring robotically-assisted surgery to San Antonio, and is the first to achieve Chest Pain Center Certification at all of its hospitals. The system is also recognized as a Solucient 100 Top Hospitals®. The future of the system promises continued growth beginning with the construction of the new Southeast Baptist Hospital at Brooks City Base in 2010. The Hospital is slated to open in 2011. For more information on Baptist Health System and its locations visit www.baptisthealthsystem.com.

— CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System
Founded in 1869, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System (CSRHS) is the only Catholic faith-based, non-profit health care system in San Antonio and New Braunfels. The CSRHS system is comprised of CSRHS Hospital-City Centre’s two locations, one in downtown San Antonio and one in the South Texas Medical Center; CSRHS Children’s Hospital, a 200-plus bed facility and only academic Children’s hospital in San Antonio; CSRHS Hospital-Medical Center, a 178-bed hospital located at the STMC; CSRHS Hospital – New Braunfels; CSRHS HomeCare; and CSRHS Hospital – Westover Hills, a 150-bed hospital and full-service health care campus.

2009 marked the 140th anniversary of CSRHS, San Antonio’s only hospital to earn the HealthGrades® Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. Also in 2009, CSRHS was recognized as one of the “50 Best Hospitals in America.” CSRHS has recently expanded its children’s services, acquired the former McKenna Memorial Hospital in New Braunfels, opened the first full-service hospital in the fast-growing Westover Hills community and acquired majority ownership interest in the five outpatient CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

Finally in 2009, CSRHS formally announced its conversion to a tobacco-free health care system becoming the only tobacco-free health system in San Antonio. CSRHS is also the preferred health system of the San Antonio SPURS sports team. For more information on CSRHS’ services and its locations visit www.christussantarosa.org.

— Methodist Healthcare System
Methodist Healthcare System is the health care provider for one out of every two people in San Antonio. As San Antonio’s largest health care provider, it encompasses 24 facilities, eight of which are acute-care hospitals. Methodist Healthcare System facilities include:
  • Methodist Hospital.
  • Metropolitan Methodist.
  • Methodist Specialty & Transplant Hospital.
  • Methodist Cancer Center.
  • Methodist Heart Hospital.
  • Methodist Children’s Hospital.
  • Methodist Hospital Women’s Pavilion.
  • Metropolitan Methodist Women’s Pavilion.
  • Methodist Women’s Center.
  • Methodist Specialty Services.
  • Texas Transplant Institute.
  • Gamma Knife Center.
  • Texas Neurosciences Institute.
  • Northeast Methodist Hospital.
  • Methodist Stone Oak Hospital.
  • Methodist Boerne Emergency Center.
  • Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Hospital-Northwest.
  • Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Center-Medical Center.
  • Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Center-North Central.
  • Methodist Family Health Center-E. Southcross.
  • Methodist Family Health Center-SW Military.
  • Methodist Family Health Center-Las Palmas.
  • Methodist Family Health Center-Austin Highway.
  • Methodist Family Health Center-Floresville.

With 7,000 employees, Methodist Healthcare System is San Antonio’s second largest private employer. Nearly 2,000 physicians are associated with the Methodist Healthcare System offering services including cardiovascular, children’s, diabetes, diagnostic, emergency, behavioral health, neurological, obstetrics and gynecology, oncology, pastoral care, rehabilitation, surgical, transplant, wellness programs and women’s care.

In 2009, the Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital Celebrated its 25th anniversary of its kidney transplant program, the largest one of its kind in Texas. The program ranks among the top ten percent of centers nationwide, with nearly 3,000 transplants performed in its 25-year history. Also in 2009, Methodist Healthcare launched Methodist AirCare. Methodist AirCare is an emergency air transport service that provides life-saving 24/7 emergency helicopter service to residents located throughout Bexar county and most of South Texas.

Known as the “Hospital of the Future,” Methodist Stone Oak Hospital is part of an area rapidly becoming recognized as San Antonio’s “second major medical center.” The area has seen the completion of 300,000 square-feet of medical space in the past two years alone. Phase one of Methodist Stone Oak Hospital was completed in 2009 and includes a 132-bed comprehensive acute-care hospital and outpatient services. Plans for future development include the possibility of as many as 350-beds and an attached 120,000 square-foot Medical Office Building that will house physicians of all specialties.

— University Health System
University Health System (UHS) is the d/b/a for the Bexar County Hospital District and is owned by the taxpayers of Bexar County. UHS includes 18 outpatient clinical locations across the San Antonio community:
  • University Hospital.
  • University Family Health Center­Northwest.
  • University Family Health Center–North.
  • University Family Health Center–Southwest.
  • University Center for Community Health-Texas Diabetes Institute.
  • University Health Center–Downtown.
  • University Dialysis-Southeast.
  • University Dialysis-South.
  • University Family Health Center-Southeast.
  • University Health System Bob Ross Senior Health Center.
  • University Health System.
  • University Health System Kenwood Clinic.
  • University Health System Naco Perrin Clinic.
  • University Health System Old Hwy. 90 Clinic.
  • University Health System Salinas Clinic.
  • University Health System South Flores Clinic.
  • University Health System Westend Clinic.
  • University Health System Zarzamora Clinic.

UHS offers a comprehensive range of health services and medical programs, including cardiology, craniosynostosis, detention services, diabetes, dialysis, endoscopy, epilepsy, ExpressMed, FFACTS, health education, hepatology, injury prevention, medication therapy management, newborn services, orthopaedics, outpatient surgery, pain management, pediatrics, pharmacy services, primary care, psychiatric care, radiology, rehabilitation, research, respiratory care, stroke, teen depression, transplant services, trauma center, urology, vascular, women’s health, a blood bank and an emergency center.

In 2009, UHS received several prestigious citations, including ranking 18th in the American Society for Training & Development’s BEST Awards program. The award recognizes organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee learning and development. UHS is one of only 39 organizations in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and the United States to receive a BEST Award.

Also in 2009, UHS received an Organ Donation Silver Medal of Honor from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is one of the “Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities in the Country” according to a study by HealthImaging magazine. UHS was also awarded the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award. UHS was one of only 36 U.S. hospitals nationwide to earn this prestigious honor which signifies high-quality cardiac care.

2012 promises to be a huge year for UHS, as many of its current developments are slated to be completed. Known as Target 2012, UHS’ Capital Improvement Program includes the construction of a Trauma Tower at University Hospital that will bring the total number of patient beds from 498 to 721. The master plan calls for doubling the amount of space at University Hospital which will include an Emergency Center expansion, additional inpatient rooms and the replacement of many existing rooms in the oldest part of the hospital. New construction will also include a parking garage for 2,150 cars on the west corner of the campus and an additional 1,100 spaces for patient parking will be provided under the new trauma tower or in an alternate parking facility. Target 2012 also includes an expansion at University Health Center–Downtown, which will develop the Acute and Crisis Care services, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy services and parking. For more information on UHS’ services and locations visit www.universityhealthsystem.com.

— Nix Health Care System
The Nix Health Care System has provided San Antonio and South Texas residents with quality health care since 1930. With a staff of more than 1,000 employees, Nix offers inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services, behavioral health services, rehabilitation services, full-home health care and physician offices in all specialties. The Nix Health Care System includes the Nix Medical Center, Nix Alamo Heights, Nix Specialty Health Center and Nix Home Care.

Nix Medical Center is a full-service hospital with full medical, surgical, and geropsychiatric capabilities, outpatient and ancillary services and 100,000 square-feet of medical office space. Nix Alamo Heights is an integrated service center, consisting of a strong base of primary care and specialty physicians, as well as an outpatient surgery center, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy services and a clinical laboratory. Nix Specialty Health Center contains an Adult Behavioral Health and Detoxification Center as well as an Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation Center. Nix Home Care provides nurses, social workers, physical, occupational and speech therapists and health care aides in the comfort of a patient’s own home. Nix’s specialty centers include:
  • Nix Surgical Oncology Center.
  • Nix Sleep Center.
  • Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.
  • Sports Medicine Center.
  • Nix Weight Loss Surgery Center.
  • Nix Heart Center.
  • Nix Senior Health Care Center.
  • Orthopedic Center of South Texas.

All of the medical services provided by the Nix Health Care System are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations which sets the standards by which health care quality is measured in the U.S. and around the world. It has been awarded the Silver Achievement Award by The American Heart Association and is ranked among the top 10 hospitals in Texas for overall bariatric surgery. Recently, Nix Health Care was named one of the country’s top hyperbaric centers for the third consecutive year. For more information on Nix Heath Care System Service and its locations visit www.nixhealth.com.

Additional Medical Facilities
— HealthSouth
HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest health care services providers. HealthSouth’s presence in San Antonio consists of the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of San Antonio (RIOSA). RIOSA is a 97,364 square-foot, 106-bed hospital. The facility offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, including home health care. Among the services offered are physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, general orthopedics, comprehensive day rehabilitation, transitional living programs, skilled nursing, home health aides and medical social services. For more information contact:

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of San Antonio (RIOSA)

9119 Cinnamon Hill
San Antonio, TX 78240
(210) 691-0737
www.healthsouth.com

— Kindred Healthcare
Kindred Hospital-San Antonio (formerly Vencor Hospital), is a 59-bed acute care facility specializing in the treatment of medically complex patients. Services provided by Kindred Hospital include respiratory, ICU, inpatient rehabilitation and wound care. In 2009, Kindred Healthcare Inc. was named by Fortune magazine as the Most Admired Company in the category of Health Care: Medical Facilities. For more information contact:

Kindred Hospital-San Antonio
3636 Medical Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 616-0616

— Texas Cancer Clinic
The Texas Cancer Clinic (TCC) uses radiation oncology therapies to treat prostate, breast, lung, gynecological, head and neck, colorectal and other cancers. Home to some of the most sophisticated cancer treatment technology and equipment in the country, TCC provides revolutionary care to its patients. TCC is also a nationally recognized center of excellence for prostate brachytherapy providing the highest quality of treatment available anywhere in the world. For more information contact:

Texas Cancer Clinic
9102 Floyd Curl
San Antonio, TX 78240
(210) 247-0888
www.texascancerclinic.com

— LifeCare Hospitals of San Antonio
LifeCare Hospitals of San Antonio is a 62-bed hospital located within the STMC. It has a staff of more than 300 physicians, including ACLS-certified nurses and respiratory therapists. The facility specializes in the treatment of medically complex patients who require extended hospitalization. Services provided include ICU equipped rooms, hemodynamic monitoring, cardiac monitoring, nursing, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, case management, social services, nutrition services, pharmacy, radiology, laboratory and dialysis services. LifeCare Hospitals of San Antonio is accredited by The Joint Commission and is Medicare certified. For more information contact:

LifeCare Hospitals of San Antonio
8902 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78240
Toll-free: (877) 263-2715
www.lifecare-hospitals.com

— Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio
Built in 2007, the Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio is a private 20-room hospital located within the STMC. The facility boasts a 4-to-1 patient-to-nurse ratio and includes 4 state-of-the-art operating suites. Surgical services offered include bariatric surgery, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, neuro/spine surgery, ear, nose and throat care as well as pain management. It is the only hospital in San Antonio, and one of only three in Texas, providing MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing. In 2009, the Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio was certified as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. For more information contact:

Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio
9522 Huebner Road
San Antonio, TX 78240
(210) 478-5400
www.fshsanantonio.com

— Southwest General Hospital
Formed in 1979 by 20 physicians, Southwest General Hospital is a 327-bed facility that offers comprehensive health care services. The facility provides emergency care, heart care, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, orthopedic services and help for a broad range of medical conditions. Southwest General Hospital was the first in Texas to receive a Certificate of Distinction for its Inpatient Diabetes Care program from the Joint Commission. In addition, the Southwest’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center has achieved accreditation by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), making it one of only two civilian hospitals in San Antonio that is accredited by the UHMS.

In 2007, Southwest General completed a $30 million expansion of its maternity center, The BirthPlace. The expansion added approximately 26,920 square-feet to The BirthPlace. It is the only San Antonio hospital to receive the Maternity Care Excellence Award™ in a maternity care report issued by HealthGrades for the third consecutive year. In addition, Southwest General Hospital ranked in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationally for maternity care and received a five-star rating for clinical excellence in maternity care services. For more information contact:

Southwest General Hospital
7400 Barlite Boulevard
San Antonio, TX
(210) 921-2000
www.swgeneralhospital.com

— The University of Texas Health Science Center
The University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center at San Antonio is a health institution that is part of the University of Texas System. The UT Health Science Center offers patient care via its Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC), Dental Clinics, UT Allied Heath Therapeutics and UT Medicine. The CTRC is a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center, one of only three in Texas. UT Allied Health Therapeutics is a comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility that uses a multidisciplinary team approach to provide patients with individualized care. UT Medicine is the clinical private practice of the School of Medicine faculty members, offering both primary and specialty medical care.

As the only Tier One (annual research expenditures of $100 million or more) research university in South Texas, the center is ranked in the top 5 percent of all research universities in the nation receiving federal funding. With $171 million received annually in research-related grants, contracts and awards, it is home to state-of-the-art research facilities. In 2009, the UT Health Science Center earned accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs. For more information contact:

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl
Austin, TX 78229
(210) 567-7000
www.uthscsa.edu

— Warm Springs Rehabilitation System
Warm Springs Rehabilitation System founded Texas’ first rehabilitation hospital in 1937. Warm Springs Rehabilitation System serves residents via the Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital and the Warm Springs Rehabilitation Center-Northwest. The Hospital and Rehabilitation Center offer services including physical, occupational and speech therapy. Rehab services for amputation, brain injury, major joint/orthopedic trauma, movement disorders, pain, pediatric, pulmonary, spinal cord injury and stroke are also available. Specialty services include aquatic therapy, balance/vestibular, hyberbaric medicine, neuropsychology, spasticity management and wound care. For more information on locations and services visit www.warmsprings.org.

— Texsan Heart Hospital
Opened in 2004, the Texsan Heart Hospital is a licensed acute care facility with a primary focus on providing leading cardiovascular care to South Texas. Texsan Heart is part of a family of cardiac centers owned and managed by MedCath Corporation. The 190,000 square-foot hospital features four operating suites, four cardiac catheterization labs, a 10-bed day patient area and a cardiovascular emergency department. The facility was designed by practicing physicians with the intention of creating the finest facility in San Antonio for cardiovascular care. In 2008, the Texsan Heart Hospital received full Cycle II accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. For more information contact:

Texsan Heart Hospital
6700 IH-10 West
San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 736-6700
www.texsanhearthospital.com

Public Health
— The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is the public health agency that provides public health programs to San Antonio and unincorporated areas of Bexar County. Services include health code enforcement, food inspections, immunizations, clinical services, environmental monitoring, disease control, health education, dental health, emergency preparedness and issuance of birth and death certificates to the public. Clinical Services available include family health, HIV/AIDS/STD services, immunizations, occupational health, international travel and TB Services.

In 2008, Metro Health began implementing changes that would help make it a high-performance health department. First, it integrated clinical preventive services with University Health System (UHS), thus combining preventative services and treatment of sick patients. UHS now manages 10 former Metro Health clinics that offer a wide range of clinical preventive services. Metro Health has also created a new service area called Population-Based Services. This new division focuses on chronic disease prevention, health education and wellness while utilizing evidence-based resources. For more information contact:

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health)
332 West Commerce
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 207-8780
www.sanantonio.gov

Military Medicine
As mentioned in the beginning of this chapter, San Antonio is home to Fort Sam Houston, the largest and most important military medical training facility in the world. Since the end of World War II, it has been the Army’s principle medical training facility. In 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended that all military medical training be consolidated to Fort Sam Houston. The new consolidation will increase the average student load to more than 9,000 workers and will require an additional 4,000 in support staff. An estimated one billion dollars in construction will be required to accommodate the consolidation. Currently located at Fort Sam Houston are the Army Medical Department Center and School, Brooke Army Medical Center, the Southern Regional Medical Command (Provisional), Headquarters Dental Command, Headquarters Veterinary Command, the Institute for Surgical Research (trauma/burn center), the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute, and the Army Medical Department NCO Academy.

— San Antonio Military Medical Center
The San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) consists of the SAMMC North, the current Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and the SAMMC South, the current Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC). BAMC is a 450-bed health care facility that can expand to 653 beds in the event of a disaster. BAMC provides level-one trauma and graduate medical education. Major services offererd include general medical and surgical care, adult and pediatric care, primary care clinics, a 24-hour emergency department, specialty clinics, clinical services, wellness and prevention services, veterinary care and environmental health services.

In 2009, at SAMMC North, construction began on a 738,000 square-foot Consolidated Tower (CoTo) located adjacent to the exisitng clinical building and medical mall. The CoTo will house administrative space, an Outpatient Pediatrics Clinic, an expanded Emergency and Trauma Department, SICU, CCU and Psychiatric Nursing Units and an expanded Pathology Lab. Correspondingly, construction began on a 5,000-space parking structure to accommodate the increased parking needs and a 5,600 square-foot central energy plant will be constructed to accomodate the facility’s additional energy needs.

The WHMC provides complete medical care to military health care beneficiaries in the South Central United States as well as specialized care to patients referred from around the world. The WHMC serves more than 16,000 annual inpatient visits and 700,000 annual outpatient visits. In late 2011 all inpatient and emergency care units will move from the WHMC to the SAMMC-North campus. The WHMC will remain open until the Lackland Ambulatory Surgery Clinic (ASC) is completed in 2014-15.

The Lackland ASC will be one of the largest outpatient care facilities in the Department of Defense, comprised of 645,000 square-feet of medical space. The $441 million project will serve the Lackland Air Force Base and the surrounding eligible population. The facility will include primary care, urgent care, medical, pediatric and surgical sub-specialty clinics as well as an Eyecare Center of Excellence. For more information on the SNMMC visit www.sammc.amedd.army.mil.

— The South Texas Veterans Health Care System

The South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) is comprised of the Audie L. Murphy Division (ALMD), the Kerrville Division, and the Satellite Clinic Division. The STVHCS is a 268-bed facility providing primary, secondary and tertiary health care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry and rehabilitation medicine. It also supports a 90-bed Extended Care Therapy Center, a 30-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center, an eight-bed Bone Marrow Transplant Unit as well as a Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center.

The ALMD, including the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital, began operations in San Antonio in October 1973. The Hospital offers acute medical, surgical, psychiatric, geriatric and primary care services to veterans. The ALMD recently received the Vice-President’s National Performance Review Office’s Hammer Award for its unique development of sharing agreements and joint procurements with Department of Defense, state and private-sector facilities. For more information contact:

Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital
7400 Merton Minter
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 617-5300
www.vasthcs.med.va.gov

Before You Call the Doctor
It is evident by the sheer abundance of health care systems and medical facilities in San Antonio that you will have no problem finding the best one to fit your family’s needs. However, it is important to remember that, while the preceding pages of Relocating to San Antonio have presented a large selection of options, it is only a short survey of what the region has to offer in the field of health care.

Before you schedule an appointment or visit a health care facility, be sure it accepts your family’s health insurance plan. Many providers accept different insurance plans, so knowing where you’re covered and where you’re not is key. Often you can find a list of insurance companies that are accepted on the health care provider’s Web site. Alternately, contact your insurance company or health care provider for more information.

In addition, your insurance company may have facilities and providers classified as “in-network” or “out-of-network.” Visiting providers that are “in-network” can save you lots of money, so it is worthwhile to determine if a health care provider you are considering is in your network. If not, you may consider finding a similar “in-network” provider to avoid paying additional costs charged by “out-of-network” providers.

If you are without health insurance, it is always useful to research any low-cost clinics available in your area. Additionally, financial programs are often available for low-income families or families without insurance. For instance, Bexar County has a financial program called CareLink. CareLink makes it possible for low income people to visit doctors or specialists, have any necessary medical tests done and obtain affordable prescriptions. CareLink is for people who don’t have medical insurance and don’t qualify for medical insurance. Payment plans in the program are based on ability to pay. For more information on CareLink call (210) 358-3350.

Also consider that your relationship with a physician and medical staff is often the most important factor in determining the best health care provider. Your health and wellness is a personal matter and finding the facility that best meets your expectations is crucial. With so many options to choose from in San Antonio, remember that if you are not comfortable with your first choice, you are free to try another. It is more than likely that you can find multiple facilities offering similar services within close proximity of each other. Remember that there are 45 medical-related institutions at the STMC alone. Also, be sure to keep a copy of Relocating to San Antonio readily available as you begin investigating your options.
 
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