Kaiser Permanente opens today in Ballard

After a slight delay, Kaiser Permanente has announced they’ve now opened their new medical center in the Ballard Blocks 2.

The Ballard Medical Center has primary care, pediatric, obstetric, chiropractic care, mental health, physical therapy, pharmacy, radiology, and lab services, all located on the fifth floor of the building (1401 NW 46th St).

“This clinic was built to meet the needs of Ballard and nearby neighborhoods,” Dr. Hannah Burdge, Chief of the Ballard Medical Center said in a statement about the opening. “As a resident of this neighborhood, I’m so proud to be part of the team bringing Kaiser Permanente medicine to this community, to serve current and welcome new members.”

Some of the features at the new clinic include a chiropractor on staff, an advanced medical assistant to help provide health and wellness coaching, and a “virtual-medicine space,” which allows a clinic provider to resolve patient requests in real time, via phone, email, or their Care Chat system.

The clinic allows for walk-ins — scheduled appointments can be made on their online system or by phone (206-297-5360).


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local_communist
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local_communist

Can’t wait for them to overcharge and ration prescriptions. Thanks KP! https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/08/29/kaiser-copayments-epipen-prescription-complaints/

elenchos2
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elenchos2

So you do understand the difference between an insurance company and a hospital right? Oh no, you’re just as ignorant as the rest of the country.

Cap Anson
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Cap Anson

One thing that isn’t different: There’s a reason they have very nice buildings

elenchos2
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elenchos2

huh? shut it troll

Boring Opinions
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Boring Opinions

@elenchos2 — I’ve never seen a pottier pot calling a kettle black.

ballardian in exhile
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ballardian in exhile

KP is actually both. They are what is known in the trade as a ‘closed system.’ They do the underwriting (sell insurance) and they also own their delivery system (docs, lab, Rx, hospitals, etc.). Much like Group Health, the company they acquired to enter the WA state market.

elenchos2
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elenchos2

Yes but the two are run separately. So a story about the insurance plan has nothing to do with a clinic opening up. Some lazy asshole just read a story that said “KP” and turned on their outrage machine. This is basically the intellectual ineptitude Trump relied on.

Dudeist
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Dudeist

Being a long time GH member and now a KP member, I can only say good things about them. I have had very competent, professional service for many years. I have suffered a number of serious medical issues over the last 15 years and I have had the best treatment that I could imagine. I am 72 yo and on Medicare, I pay for the lowest costing KP package and I have no complaints.
So if any of you have real life experience with KP that is not what you think it should be, please let us know and let the folks at KP know, they do care and will listen to what you say.

Boring Opinions
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Boring Opinions

Hope your serious issues are behind you now and you’re enjoying life!

Dudeist
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Dudeist

Boring Opinions – when you get to my age you will find that almost everything is “behind” you :)
Thanks for your kind words.
I do enjoy life but I am aware that there are more issues ahead. I just try to face them one at a time and keep calm.

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