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Cross Coverage

Get the best medical attention when your doctor is off duty

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Remember that weekend coverage is for urgent problems. But do not hesitate to call if you are not sure whether a problem is truly urgent. However, do not ask for a second opinion about a chronic, nonurgent issue that your regular doctor is already addressing.

Of course, the best strategy is to stay perfectly healthy from Friday to Sunday and during your doctor's vacations. But if you do encounter an off-hour health problem, understanding how to deal with the cross-coverage system can help to keep your medical journey smooth.

Published August 2006.

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