5 Places to Go in Hoboken When You’re Sick {+ The Healthcare/Medical Terms You Need to Know}

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Finding a doctor can feel overwhelming.  You’re putting your well-being in someone else’s hands, and you {and your insurance company} are paying a lot for it.  Hopping on Google to find a doctor works, but it can be a major time sucker and when you’re new to the Hoboken area, totally daunting. And who wants to do all that sifting through sites and reviews when they’re sick? That’s why we have joined forces with theSkimm to bring you the guide to five of Hoboken’s most popular medical groups and facilities.  You’ve likely seen them around town, but may not know what they offer and which are best for you. Of course, this is just a started course, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere — so here they are:  

CarePoint Health Network {Multiple Locations}

Besides being the Hoboken University Medical Center {Hoboken Hospital}, CarePoint is also a comprehensive network of doctors throughout Hudson County. Their 300+ doctors are affiliated with the county’s three big hospitals: Hoboken University Medical Center, Bayonne Medical Center, and Christ Hospital in Jersey City. Why look for a doctor within this network? As their website states, “Doctors who make the transition from private practice to CarePoint Health Medical Group benefit not only from the opportunity to care for more patients, but are released from the risks and pressures of independent practice.” Whether you are looking for an internist {an adult pediatrician}, or a specialist of some kind, this is the place to start if you want to peruse their list of physicians. You can find out where exactly each is located, their educational background, and what languages they speak.  You can see a picture of each doctor, and sometimes get some info about their personal interests.  

City MD Urgent Care {231 Washington St.}  

City MD has got locations all throughout New Jersey, New York, and Washington.  For our convenience, there’s one downtown on Washington Street.  As an urgent care facility, this is the place to go for everything from colds and pink eye to sprains and minor burns. They even have a digital x-ray machine at every location, and can do an array of on-site lab tests. If aftercare is required, they can assist you in the coordination of referrals, pre-approvals, and follow-up appointments. They can also connect you to specialists who take your insurance. Worried about the cost of your visit? City MD takes most commercial insurance plans, but as always, it’s a good idea to check the site or give them a call to find out about your exact coverage. PS: They’re suuuper high-tech and have a digital check-in system. No filling out a form with your insurance info!

Prompt MD {309 First St. / 1122 Washington St.}

Prompt MD functions as both a family practice and an urgent care in Hoboken {with an urgent care facility in Edgewater, too}. This group is comprised of a few board certified family medical doctors {check them out here} who pride themselves on their personalized care. If you check out their Yelp reviews, you’ll see that patients are really pleased with this independent and physician owned medical center. They’re open 363 days a year, and appointments are not necessary. They take most major insurances, and for self-pay patients they offer a discounted rate of $100 per visit.  If you’re unsure whether urgent care is the right place for you, consider how it is defined by Prompt MD: “Urgent care is considered to be medically necessary care to treat an illness or injury that would not result in further disability or death if not treated immediately, but could develop into such a situation if not treated within 24 hours.”  

Riverside Medical Group {609 Washington St. / 232 Clinton St.}

Like Carepoint, Riverside Medical Group is a network of doctors who focuses on a wide array of specialties, including internal medicine, behavioral and mental health, ENT, gastroenterology, and physical therapy, to name a few. This team of 80+ doctors is spread out among 25 locations throughout Hudson, Bergen, Essex, and Passaic Counties. Their hospital affiliations include Holy Name, Englewood, Palisades Medical Center, CarePoint Hoboken University Medical Center, Liberty Health, Hackensack UMC, and Columbia University. They, too, accept most major insurances. To see a list of the Riverside providers in and around Hoboken, click here. {Just a little tip for expectant mamas: they offer prenatal classes free of charge.}

When you think you’ve found a doctor that suits your needs, give their office a call or check the site to be sure they take your insurance. That’s the best way to protect yourself against unwanted surprises in the end. Depending on whether you have an HMO or a PPO plan, you may be able to see doctors outside your network.

Hold up. HM-who? PP-what? If you’re confused with those terms, just wait until someone brings up “actuarial value” and “medical loss ratio.” But fear not — you can get these healthcare terms, and plenty more, defined for you on theSkimm’s “No Excuses Not to Talk About HealthCare” Skimm’tionary.

 

Where’s your go-to place when you’re sick in Hoboken? Comment below and share the health {had to}!

 

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Caitlin is a {Hoboken} uptown girl with an edge. She sold her house in the ‘burbs to move to the Mile Square when she and her husband decided that life in Hoboken is more their speed. She’s a long-time health and wellness junkie who can be found popping into fitness classes – dance, yoga, CrossFit, you name it – or riding around town with her husband on his Harley. Caitlin is also a teacher in Bergen County, and a local tutor. She is thrilled to be joining the Hoboken Girl team, helping locals stay up to date.


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