Meridian Women's Health at Ballard

About your Appointment

UW Medicine Meridian Women’s Health provides comprehensive obstetrical, gynecological and surgical health care to women of all ages. Our physicians are dedicated to working with each woman to develop an individually tailored plan for obstetrical and gynecological health and wellness, from contraception, reproductive health, pregnancy, post-partum, well women exams, menopausal issues, and treatment of gynecological problems including surgery if indicated. We believe that women have the right to high quality obstetric and gynecological health care that is consistent with their values. We emphasize preventative care and support our patient’s use of complementary medicine.

When Scheduling an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, please call 206-368-6644.

When you make your appointment, let the scheduler know the nature of your health concerns. This is essential to allow our providers and staff to plan appropriately for your visit. If you have several concerns, you may need more time than is allotted for a standard visit. Please ask if a longer appointment time is available if you think you’ll need it.

Your Visit

New patients being referred to Meridian Women’s Health, we make every effort to review your records and schedule you for any necessary tests prior to your new patient appointment with our physicians. By doing so, we are able to ensure you have the best possible consult. Please check the status of your referral by calling our office and speaking with our intake coordinator. We ask new patients to arrive 15 minutes early in order to complete our new patient forms and complete the registration process. Please bring a valid Washington state picture identification and insurance card; this is required at check -in.

If you are a current patient and have an urgent or emergent issue that requires assistance from our on-call physician, please use our main number and follow the audio prompts to be connected with our answering service. The answering service will page the doctor, who will respond to you within 30 minutes. We encourage you to write down your concerns before calling so you don’t forget to tell us anything, and have your pharmacy name and number available. Please be aware we do not refill narcotic prescriptions over the weekend. We ask that you inform your physician 24 hours prior to the weekend if you need a narcotic refill.

Canceling & Rescheduling Your Appointment

If you need to reschedule or must miss an appointment, please call us at least one business day before your appointment. Please note there may be a $50.00 service charge billed to your account for late cancellation or no-show.

Hospitalization

Northwest Meridian Women’s Health patients who are in need of hospitalization will be admitted to Northwest Hospital & Medical Center unless requested otherwise.

Visit Types

Your insurance will be charged depending on the type of your visit: Preventive and/or Medical Condition. Charges for services are according to the visit type that appears in your medical record. Please do not ask your healthcare provider/physician or clinic to change the type of service billed if your insurance company denies payment. Patients are responsible for payment if your insurance refuses to pay for the visit.

Routine healthcare that includes check-ups, patient counseling and screenings to prevent illness, disease and other health-related concerns are considered preventive services. Services generally considered to be preventive services are listed below:

  • Well woman exam (gynecological exam)
  • Pap smears / cervical cancer screening
  • Breast exam (screening)

Services that are for the diagnosis and treatment of new problems or illness will be considered a medical condition service (not a preventive service) and may be applied to the deductible.

If the provider and patient determine both types of visits are required, your insurance may be charged for both a preventive service and for a medical condition service. Your insurance may require two copayments-one for the preventive service and one for the medical condition service.

Labs and Other Tests

Billing for lab tests, pathology, ultrasounds, genetic testing and specific hormone tests are billed separately from your office visit. Typically you will receive a bill from UW Medicine Northwest Hospital or UW Medical Center or other outside laboratories for tests mentioned above.