Dunedin Pediatrics & Family has an Annual Retainer fee when registering as a patient.
The Annual Retainer fee allows us to keep our office small and be able provide the extra time in your appointments.
0 to 3 yrs: $ 119.00 4 to 18 yrs: $ 75.00 19 to 99 yrs: $ 99.00
The Annual Fee is for the family and NOT per child, adults are separate and may be discounted if children are already established.
****This annual retainer is a required fee to confirm your reservation in the practice. It is to be renewed annually. This retainer fee is nonrefundable, not negotiable and cannot be used for a payment of services provided.****
Dunedin Pediatrics & Family is a concierge practice!
We offer 3 Concierge Memberships for Adults and children
or a “Direct Pay” option.
Frequently Asked Questions:
The membership fee includes:
All in-office “well” visits
Unlimited In-office sick visits (acute or chronic care) during office hours at $15/each
Direct access to your doctor
Many office tests at a discount (urinalysis, strep test, flu swab)
Longer, unhurried appointments
House calls available (for extra charge)
Convenient scheduling (same day, next day, after hours, etc.)
Continuity of care (urgent care visits with your own physician)
Comprehensive care (coordination with specialists, follow-up visits, etc.)
Online Portal Access to your health record with remote access to your physician
The peace of mind that comes with knowing you have experienced, board-certified physicians who are managing the health and wellness of your family.
Do you take insurance?
Dunedin Pediatrics is an out-of-network provider and does not participate in any insurance plans. However, upon request we can generate a billing receipt that you can submit to your insurer for covered services such as well-child visits and sick visits. Reimbursement for out-of-network providers varies significantly from plan to plan. Please consult with a representative from your insurance company for your policies details.
When and how do I pay the membership fee?
Membership fees can be paid annually or paid in installments, charged monthly to your bank account, credit or debit card.
What is not covered by the membership fee?
The following services are not covered by the membership fee:
Vaccinations: We partner with a vaccine company called VaxCare. This partnership allows us to administer the vaccines, then VaxCare bills your insurance directly for all routine pediatric vaccinations. You will be responsible for any copay or deductible required by your insurance plan (just as in any other pediatric practice).
Specialty visits, hospital stays, etc: Any medical services from other medical providers will be billed to your insurance by those providers.
Out-of-office procedures or labs: These, too, can be billed to your insurance by the office administering the labs.
After-hours telephone assessments
Virtual visits (telemedicine)
Do I still need to have insurance?
This is up to you, but we highly recommend having some sort of coverage that may protect you in the event of ER or hospital visits. Dunedin Pediatrics is not a substitute for health insurance. If you choose to come to our practice you may find it advantageous to choose a different insurance plan. You should consult with a financial advisor or a representative from your insurance company to guide your plan choice.
Do you offer house calls?
Yes. Schedule permitting we are willing to see your child at your home for an additional charge.
Yes. Home visits are typically limited to the following areas: Largo, Pinellas Park, Dunedin, Clearwater, Palm Harbor (west of Lake Tarpon), Oldsmar, and Tarpon Springs. If you are outside these areas and you would like a home visit, give us a call and we’ll try to work something out.
What about expectant parents?
Call our office to set up a meet and greet. After your baby is born we can see you at home (for an additional charge) or in the office. Normal newborn visits are around 3-5 days, at 2 weeks and at 1 month.
At which hospitals do you have privileges?
Many of the local hospitals have their own “hospitalists.” These are physicians who examine babies in the nursery after birth, and care for children who are admitted to the hospital. We work closely with these physicians to ensure comprehensive and continuous care after discharge, but our doctors do not specifically maintain privileges to admit or treat at any hospital.
If my child gets admitted to the hospital will you care for him/her there?
Yes and no. Children admitted to local hospitals (Baycare, All Children’s, or St. Joseph’s) are under the direct care of their respective hospitalists. We will work closely with the doctors there to optimize your child’s care, and we will provide prompt follow-up upon discharge.
Are you willing to provide ‘virtual’ medical visits?
Yes. Practice members, when appropriate, can use photos, phone calls and video calls to communicate with us during office hours. In many cases questions can be answered and diagnoses can be made (or ruled out) without an office visit. This saves families time and money and it is covered by your membership fee. If you are not an active member, or the call is “after-hours,” then a telephone assessment fee is incurred.
What if my child gets sick when we are out of town?
Given the small size of our practice, your doctor will have the benefit of knowing your family well and of knowing your child and his/her medical history. So we will do as much as we safely can via phone, text and video. This long-distance care may include calling in a prescription to a local pharmacy or helping you find a local urgent care or ER should further evaluation or testing be required.
What is your position on vaccines?
We are advocates of the parent’s right to choose. We will provide excellent care to your child regardless of their vaccine status. We do, however, reserve the right to insist on timely preventative visits. Just because a family chooses not to vaccinate, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t still come in for regular well child exams at the routine intervals recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Are you willing to see patients outside of your practice on a fee-for-service basis?
We are willing to see sick patients who are not members on a fee-for-service basis if our schedule permits. Well-child care is limited to patients who are members of Dunedin Pediatrics. Contact our office to check availability and pricing.
What if I decide to leave the practice?
What if I really want to join the practice but I cannot afford the membership fee?
We will provide membership to a limited number of patients at a reduced rate (or free of charge). In most cases these will be medically complicated patients who require significant care. Please contact our office if this situation applies to you.
What happens when my doctor goes on vacation?
When your doctor is on vacation, you will be notified (if you have an appointment scheduled or if you call to schedule a new appointment.) We do have two providers in our practice so someone should always be available to take care of your family.
Can I be “billed” for services if I don’t have the payment at the time of my appointment?
Unfortunately, under most circumstances we cannot “bill you” for services rendered. Much like you would be expected to pay for your groceries as you leave the grocery store, we insist on payment when you receive services. It is a sad revelation, but after being in business for 5 years, rarely has anyone followed through with payment after leaving the office. Therefore it is our firm policy to collect payment at the time of the appointment. We encourage our patients to become members so that you can predict your costs each month.
|Availability for same day/ next day sick or concern visits||included||included||included|
|Relaxed/extended well baby/child exams||included||30 mins||30 mins|
|Relaxed/extended sick/concern/follow up visits||$ 15.00 per visit||30 mins||30 mins|
|Very little wait times in lobby or exam rooms||X||X||X|
|A comfortable , friendly waiting room and exam rooms||X||X||X|
|Complimentary Coffee and Tea||X||X||X|
|Tele visits during office hours||$30.00||$10.00||included|
|Visual test once yearly in Well exam ages 5-18 years||included||included||included|
|Hearing test once yearly in Well exam ages 5-18 years||included||included||included|
|Ages & Stages developmental questionnaire 9,18,24,30 months of age||included||included||included|
|ADHD/ADD assessments||$ 10.00||included||included|
|Urine analysis||$ 10.00||included||included|
|Rapid Strep throat testing||$ 15.00||included||included|
|Rapid Flu testing||$ 15.00||included||included|
|Nebulizer treatment||$ 10.00||included||included|
|Ear wax removal||$ 20.00||$ 10.00||included|
|Wart removal||$ 30.00||$ 10.00||included|
|Consistency of the same physician and staff||X||X||X|
|Electronic RX’s sent directly to pharmacy (so you never wait)||included||included||included|
|Home visits *||$200.00||$ 200.00||Limited to 3|
|Access to Health Portal||X||X||X|
|After hours: Access to physician’s **cell phone** (call or text)|
|After hours: Tele medicine calls||Starts at $ 10.00||Starts at $10.00||included|
|After Hours: Tele visit/ assessment||$ 60.00||$ 60.00||included|
The Membership is a 12 month contract for services, even if not used. A cancellation fee WILL apply.
–NOT all Labs or Services are listed and can be subject to change.–
**Home visits are reserved for newborns and special circumstances.
** Physician’s cell phone is reserved for once the office is closed for the evening or weekends for sick concern or health advice that cannot wait until office is open. It will NOT be answered during business hours, please call the office during business hours.
Giving out the physician’s number to friends is PROHIBITED and can lead to cancellation of membership.
*Services not used in the 12 month period are non-negotiable, not qualified for any type of refund, and do NOT carry over for the Next Year.
At any time to cancel, the fee will be $ 150.00 and a 30 day written notice .