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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What exactly is a Community Health Center?
Community Health Centers are local, non-profit, community-owned health care centers operating in communities across the nation. For nearly 40 years, the national network of health centers has provided high quality affordable primary care. Also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers, they are located in areas where care is needed but scarce.
2. I have health insurance benefits, why would I want to go to Partnership Health Center?
Partnership Health Center is your community health center--we offer health care to everyone in our community. By supporting Missoula's community health center, you'll receive high quality health care at great savings. Partnership Health Center offers comprehensive medical care for the whole family, dental care, and pharmacy services.
3. How do I know if I my salary is too high to qualify?
There are no income restrictions to receiving care at Partnership Health Center. Depending on your family income and family size, you may qualify for discounts on our sliding fee scale.
4. Developing a relationship with my doctor is important to me, can I choose which doctor I see?
Yes! We encourage you to be a full participant in your own health care. We have four physicians (two M.D.s, two D.O.s), one nurse practitioner, and two physician's assistants on staff for you to choose from.
5. My husband has a chronic medical condition that requires monitoring by a physician, is this beyond the scope of care provided at Partnership Health Center?
No. At Partnership Health Center, we provide care to many patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses. In fact, Partnership Health Center has participated in the National Diabetes Collaborative for the past three years. This has provided our practitioners with the best and latest information in diabetes management, and has strengthened Partnership Health Center's ability to provide chronic disease management for a wide array of illnesses.
6. How long does it take to get an appointment with a doctor?
The current waiting time to see a provider is about two weeks. Partnership Health Center also has a number of Same Day Appointments available. If you call around 8:00 AM, there is a good chance we can see you the same day.
7. I hear so much about the demand for dental services and the long wait to see a dentist at Partnership Health Center. Should I bother trying to make a dental appointment at Partnership Health Center?
Partnership Health Center was awarded a Federal Oral Health Expansion Grant that will effectively double the size of the dental clinic. That combined with two new dentists on staff should enable us to begin treating more patients by January of 2005. Additionally, Partnership Health Center is launching Miles for Healthy Smiles, a portable dental program that will provide screenings, cleanings, and treatment in Title I schools, nursing homes, rural communities, and community organizations like the Missoula Indian Center.
8. My daughter's medications are expensive. Can Partnership Health Center's pharmacy provide any savings?
As a patient at Partnership Health Center, you qualify for certain medicines at costs reduced 25% to 50% depending on the medication. Our pharmacy also has a number of medication assistance programs that can provide other discounts.
9. What if I need specialty care?
Partnership Health Center has a strong relationship with specialists in private practice and will refer you to specialists as necessary.
10. My child is starting day care, can Partnership Health Center provide her with the right immunizations and a physical?
Yes! Partnership Health Center provides physical exams to people of all ages, and provides immunizations for children of all ages, adults, as well as seasonal flu shots.
11. I am currently happy with my family's doctor's office. However, my mother-in-law is on Medicare and having a hard time affording her health care costs. Can Partnership Health Center help her?
Yes! As a Federally Qualified Community Health Center, Partnership Health Center can provide assistance to Medicare beneficiaries.
12. Where is Partnership Health Center located?
Partnership Health Center is conveniently located in two buildings in downtown Missoula. Both clinics are located only a few blocks from the Mountain Line Transfer station downtown, and are easily accessed from I-90 via the Orange Street Exit. You can find our Medical clinic, Pharmacy and Administration offices at  323 West Alder; Missoula, MT; 59802. Our Dental clinic and Breast & Cervical Health services are located at 401 West Railroad; Missoula, MT; 59802 in the old Creamery building.
13. When is Partnership Health Center open for business?
Our dental clinic is open from 7:15 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. The medical clinic is open from 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Friday. On Tuesdays PHC (medical) is only open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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