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We admit and treat our patients only at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. St. Elizabeth's is a well-equipped hospital providing the most modern facilities in all branches of medical care. Its proximity to our Belleville office ensures that your doctor is always close by and available "at a moment's notice" when needed.

Because we are a Family Practice, we care for patients of all ages. Newborns, toddlers, teenagers, young adults and seniors all have their special needs. Our doctors understand that and will be able to provide the type of care that you and your family need.

PEDIATRIC AND NEWBORN CARE

All of our doctors are trained to provide complete well baby and pediatric care for children of all ages.

CLINICAL RESEARCH STUDIES

Our practice regularly conducts medical research projects for well known multi-national pharmaceutical companies and we are looking for candidates with conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, benign prostate disease, overactive bladder, and arthritis, as well as other conditions. Participants receive free physical examinations, office visits, lab tests, EKGs and free study medication. Volunteers are usually paid for their time. If you would like to learn how you could participate in a medical research study, please call extension 36 and one of our research staff members call you.

LABORATORY

Our CLIA certified in-office laboratory is open for blood drawing Monday through Saturday from 7:30am to 10am. No appointment is necessary.

DIZZY? AFRAID OF FALLING? WE CAN HELP!

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in people 65 and older in the United States. There is a pattern to falls among the elderly - fear of falling, then the injury, followed by hospitalization, decreased independence and mobility and often relocation to a nursing home.

Our Dizziness and Hearing Center uses the Balance Trak 500 system to measure your stability and sway in a simple 10 minute test. If you exhibit abnormal sway or instability, those problems may be the result of an inner ear disorder. We can then use our unique non-invasive computerized infrared video ENG testing equipment to test your inner ear function.

HEARING TESTING

Because dizziness and hearing are so closely related, the testing also includes an audiologic exam designed to help your doctor pinpoint the cause of your problem. The vestibular testing as well as the audiologic exam is covered by Medicare and almost all insurers.

DIZZINESS AND IMBALANCE THERAPY

Our services also include a new method of treating dizziness and balance disorders without drugs or surgery. The treatment, known as vestibular rehabilitation therapy, may include special eye exercises, balance retraining and one or more brief sessions focused on the repositioning of tiny particles within your middle ears. The success rate for treatment of positional vertigo (BPPV), a common form of balance disorder is over 90%. Once therapy has been completed, the dizziness rarely returns.

If you or a friend or family member suffers from a chronic dizziness or impaired balance, and may be at risk of a fall, please contact us for a consultation.

FREE SCREENING HEARING TESTS

We offer complete hearing testing including free hearing screening for patients and the general public over 40 years old, under the supervision of our doctors. If you or a family member or friend believes that they might have a hearing problem, consult your doctor or call us for a free screening hearing test. If a hearing aid might help your problem, you will be given a free hearing aid simulation demonstration. This lets you discover what it would sound like to hear with a modern hearing instrument. We feature the most modern digital and programmable hearing instruments. All testing is done by a state certified hearing technician. We can also clean and repair all brand of hearing instruments.

DOT PHYSICALS

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) is a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program.  All commercial drivers whose current medical certificate expired on or after May 21, 2014, at expiration of that certificate must be examined by a medical professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.  Only medical examiners that have completed training and successfully passed a test on FMCSA's physical qualification standards will be listed on the National Registry.

Dr. Wallace Abel is certified to perform DOT (Department of Transportation) physical exams and is listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.  He performs these physicals not only for patients of Belleville Family Medical but also for outside patients in need of certification.


 

EMERGENCIES

Our doctors take turns being on call for your emergencies and are available for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. When medical problems arise after hours, on weekends, or during holidays, that cannot safely wait until the office opens, you can reach our doctor on call by calling our answering service at 618.398.9620. In the case of a serious emergency, go directly to St. Elizabeth's Emergency Department where a qualified staff physician will tend to your needs and notify us if warranted.

FEE SCHEDULE

It is the right of patients to know their anticipated medical expenses. Please feel free to discuss fees with the staff.

Please feel free to review our Payment Policy (PDF).

INSURANCE

We are participating physicians for Medicare and most other healthcare plans. Please inform our office staff if you are on Medicare. We will gladly complete and submit all your insurance claims forms for you at no cost. All patients must provide proof of insurance coverage at check-in. We will verify coverage via phone or online. Copies of your insurance card will be made each time you arrive for an appointment, regardless of time intervals. Please have your cards readily available for the receptionist.

NON-PAYMENT

If your account is over 90 days past due, you will be notified that you must settle your account. Partial payments will not be accepted, unless otherwise negotiated. Please be aware that if a balance remains unpaid, we may refer your account to a collection agency and you may be discharged from the practice. If this is to occur, you will be notified by certified mail that you have 30 days to find alternative medical care. During that 30-day period, our physicians will only be able to treat you on an emergency basis.

LET US BE YOUR COMPANY DOCTOR

An on-the-job injury can often mean long waits in an emergency room, treatment by an unknown doctor, expensive hospital bills, excessive time off the job and higher workman's compensation insurance. Our six physician practice has the facilities, experience, and capacity to promptly treat almost all of the injuries, lacerations, or fractures that might occur at your work place.

We are the company doctor for many local employers and have saved them thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of off-the-job time by our prompt treatment and return to work of their employees. If your business might be interested in learning how our services could cut your medical costs, please call our office. No contract or minimum number of employees is required.

MISSED APPOINTMENTS

We understand that sometimes you may be late for your appointment, however, if you do not arrive and check-in for your appointment prior to your scheduled time you may be required to reschedule. Our practice is committed to providing the best treatment to our patients, and keeping appointments on time is very important. It is our recommendation that you arrive 15 minutes early for an appointment to allow for the check-in process. If you do not keep an appointment, you may receive a phone call from the office. If this occurs more than twice, you will likely be discharged from the practice; at which time you will also be notified via certified letter informing you that you have 30 days to obtain a new physician. During that time, you will only been seen for emergency care within our practice. Please help us serve you better by keeping your scheduled appointment.

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