SPECIAL PROMOTION Nov 5 to 9 - ALL SERVICES FREE
Pamela A. Paulhus, MD, FAAP, the founder of RTR Pediatrics has opened her new pediatric practice at 93 West Street in Danbury to “offer modern medicine in the old-fashioned fee-for-service manner.” RTR Pediatrics sets the tone for a user-friendly practice with a simple, straightforward menu of services that are provided at affordable fees. Dr. Paulhus explained, “I practice conventional, traditional medicine, but in an unconventional way when it comes to running a pediatric office.”
The guiding mission of RTR Pediatrics is to provide low cost, high standard care. Services are offered from infancy through the college years and include same day urgent care, check-ups, and physical exams for daycare, school, sports, and college. RTR Pediatrics is a self-pay/fee-
To introduce their new practice to the larger Danbury community, RTR Pediatrics will offer free services to all patients during the week of November 5 through 9. “The time slots will fill quickly, so scheduling an appointment early is recommended,”
In creating RTR Pediatrics, Dr. Paulhus stated, “I wanted to develop a practice for children whose families do not have health insurance. These are families who often fall between the cracks and wind up in an ER for something that one’s regular doctor, whom they lack, would have normally taken care of. My guidelines for creating this practice, was to follow the days of yesteryear when patients were charged an affordable fee and then paid their physicians directly for services. There is definitely a need for this kind of thing out there. Ultimately, this paradigm leaves more time for what my team and I love to do – taking care of patients.”
Dr. Paulhus continued, “While the practice was developed to serve those without health insurance, we do welcome patients with health insurance. Depending on the insurance company, our fees may be similar to a typical co-payment. We ask the insured patient to pay for the services that day, and encourage them to seek reimbursement from their insurance company on their own. Another scenario is that a patient may have a health insurance plan with a high-deductible. With our low fees, that patient could have numerous office visits until the deductible is met. This would amount to significant savings, especially for a family that has more than one child.”
On average, most RTR Pediatrics’ office visits range in fees from $25 to $75. The cost for a new patient urgent or well care visit is $75, and $50 for an established patient urgent or well care visit, and $25 for brief visits, such as a follow-up on an ear infection or wheezing. Additional charges apply for the administering of vaccines or tuberculosis screening. RTR Pediatrics participates in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program through the Department of Public Health, and if eligible per VFC guidelines, the patient will receive vaccines at no charge. The Department of Health allows a vaccine administration fee, and at RTR Pediatrics, the fee is $10 for the first vaccine and $7 for any additional vaccine.
RTR Pediatrics Founder, Pamela A. Paulhus, MD, FAAP, has been a pediatrician since 1997. She received her medical degree from New York Medical College in 1994 and completed her residency at Yale – New Haven Children’s Hospital three years later. Dr. Paulhus began her medical career in suburban New York and came to the medical community of Danbury in 2005. She has been on national radio and “The Today Show” to discuss health, the healthcare industry and international adoption.
Though RTR Pediatrics is new to Danbury, Dr. Paulhus commented that her team members are not new to one another. Dr. Paulhus proudly shares that, “Many of us go way back. We are a close knit team and everyone pitches in and works great together. It took a lot of work to get the practice up and running, and now that we’re open, the teamwork continues. A visitor at our office might see me answering the phone, scheduling appointments, or making the coffee.”
RTR Pediatrics is located at 93 West Street in Danbury. The practice’s hours are Mondays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Fridays 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hours will be expanded as the practice grows. Preferred methods of payment are check, and MasterCard, VISA, American Express, or Discover, but as Dr. Paulhus stated, “In the spirit of the good ole days, we might even accept a chicken.” RTR Pediatrics can be reached at 203.628.7891. For more information, visit www.rtrpediatrics.com