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    hoimei is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2006

    Choose health care program in USA


    We have to choose one of the health care programs provided by Blue Cross of California, PPO or HMO.

    For HMO, we need to pick one family doctor (Primary Care Physician) and we should consult this person first for any illness.

    For PPO, I need to pick a medical group. I preferred "Physician Medical Group of San Jose" if i choose.

    Basically, PPO is more flexible but more expensive. HMO is cheaper but not so flexible.

    Also, i prefer to choose Primary Care Physican who can speak Cantonese. The following are some of the choices:

    Peter K Chung, DO (Family Practice)
    2179 Tully Road San Jose, CA 95122 (408) 258-8049

    Maggie S Chau, DO (Internal Medicine)
    105 North Jackson Avenue San Jose, CA 95116 (408) 923-8098

    Yau, Kwong, MD (Pediatrics)
    175, N. Jackson Ave., San Jose, CA 95116 (408) 2548828

    Do anyone has some recommendation/suggestion?
    Many Thanks

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    msmslau is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Hong Kong

    Yes, Blue Cross PPO offers better coverage but at a higher premium. I used Blue Cross PPO as well while living in CA. I actually did not have a PC Physician but just used an OB for my pregnancy and a pediatrician for my daughter.

    OB (Camino Group in Mountain View)
    Dr. Takashi Inouye - He is EXCELLENT!
    301 Old San Francisco Rd
    Sunnyvale, CA 94086
    (408) 730-4238

    Pediatrician (Dr. Jane Auh) - Also great in taking care of my daughter
    877 W. Fremont Avenue, Bldg. N
    Sunnyvale, California 94087
    (650) 934-7956

    Internal Medicine (Dr. Lawrence Chin)
    El Camino Hospital
    He is a friend of mine and can speak Cantonese

    Good luck!

    Last edited by msmslau; 11-29-2006 at 12:26 PM.

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    m2cw2mhk is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    WanChai, HK

    I have had both the PPO and HMO, although I am in the Washington DC area. While the PPO is more expensive, I prefer it. With the HMO things are more of a hassle - more approvals are required, more paperwork for the primary doctor, etc. In fact while many doctors take the HMO they do not like it, because of the paperwork and general hassle. When my daughter was born I switched back to the PPO. Good luck deciding!

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