Frequently asked questions
Will my insurance cover my visit ?
Dr Patel will be out-of-network provider and does not accept insurance.
Why you do not accept insurance ?
It is widely known that due to insurance company micro-managing delivery of health care services, it has significantly affected care patients receives. When Medical practices (similar to Connect Psychiatry) rely on insurance reimbursement for their survival, the payers (insurance companies) inevitably define and shape the care patients receive. Wait times are too long. Appointments get short. Most importantly- decision regarding care that should be made by you and your physician are often too heavily influenced by decision made by insurance companies (including not only what medication you should take, but also how frequently you should followup). By not being part of this insurance-company-determined system, Dr Patel would be able to focus on his patients with unbiased professional approach. Such out-of-network private medical practice gives you the ability to make important decisions regarding type and frequency of care you deemed necessary for you and your family. Although it may be perceived as higher cost upfront, if you add up cost of health care due to improper/hurried/insufficient care and resulting work hours lost; resorting to out-of-network practice makes more sense for Dr Patel as well as his patients.
Where do you provide services ?
Dr Patel currently have full licenses to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania along with limited emergency licenses for Alaska during COVID crisis. As per state regulations, you must be physically located in one of these states at time of your appointment.
Are there any services/medications you do not provide?
1. Connect Psychiatry being telepsychiatry services- we do not have ability to provide emergent psychiatry care. If you feel you need emergent psychiatry care and/or having thoughts of hurting yourself or others, call 911 or go to nearby emergency room for appropriate prompt intervention. Once emergent condition has been handled appropriately, you can schedule appointment with Connect Psychiatry for further management.
What are your fees/charges ?
Connect Psychiatry charges $400 for initial visit. Initial visit usually ranges from 45 mins - 1 hour depending upon complexity and age of patient.
Can I get an same-day appointment ?
Yes. One can get same-day appointment depending upon schedule availability.