There are many health care services in Augusta-Richmond and Columbia counties for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act has changed established insurance options. The state of Georgia currently does not have a state-run health exchange, where you can get quotes directly. Instead, the federal health exchange will direct you to a number of approved insurance brokers and exchanges. Some of these are privately owned; others will direct you to publicly held, for-profit companies. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act.
See the Military Buyer’s Guide tab to connect with local hospitals and medical centers, health care centers and health care providers.
COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CLINICS AND RESOURCES
A community health center or clinic is customarily the place to go for those who have no health insurance or have limited income or ability to pay medical fees. Such clinics accept most insurance and provide affordable, comprehensive health care by well-trained, professional staff. They also serve those who are uninsured and underinsured, and most are open to making sliding scale payment arrangements based on income and family size.
For a full list of community health centers in Georgia, visit the Georgia Association for Primary Health Care website at http://gaphc.org and select “Locations.”
The Georgia Dental Association website, www.gadental.org, is a useful place to start in finding a dentist with its roster lists. Select “Public Resources” then “Find a Dentist” from the home page and then search by address, name or specialty to find or verify a dentist, hygienist or dental assistant. You can also seek referrals from people you know who’ve had dental care in the area.
Consider the following to find the best dentist for your needs.
- Are the office hours convenient for your schedule?
- Is the dental office close to your home or office?
- How are dental emergencies handled?
- Does the office appear to be clean and well organized?
- Is the staff helpful and friendly?
- What are the financial policies and how is insurance handled?
A good relationship with your dentist is essential to good oral health care. So take your time and choose one that you and your family feel comfortable with.
The Oral Health Program of the Georgia Department of Public Health can give you tips for oral health and low-cost dental care. Visit its web page at https://dph.georgia.gov/oral-health-program.