Telluride Med Center: You Will Not Be Turned Away

Patients arriving at the Telluride Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room need not worry they’ll be turned away at the region’s only emergency department based on health insurance coverage, according to medical center CEO, John Gardner.


“If you do not have insurance, you will be treated and may be billed full price. However, if you have low income and qualify, you may still be able to enroll in Medicaid and our staff can help direct patients towards that route,” said Gardner.

The Telluride Medical Center also offers payment plans for large balances and discounts for prompt payment.

“We are currently exploring banking relationships which will give patients the ability to finance large bills at reduced interest rates,” he added.

Likewise for those with insurance providers who do not have contracts with the medical center.

“We treat all patients,” said Gardner, “though the insurance coverage will differ based on whether or not we have a contract with your insurance provider.”

According to Gardner, the Telluride Regional Medical Center is working to restore an emergency services contract with a popular provider, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, after past proposals were rejected by the Telluride Hospital District for failing to compete with reasonable repayment rates.

“A contract with an insurance provider has to make basic economic sense for our organization,” said Gardner, who remains confident they will strike a deal with them once again.

“And in the meantime, it’s imperative that the public know they’ll always find emergency care at our clinic,” he¬†concluded.

More about the Telluride Medical Center:

Telluride Regional Medical Center provides the highest quality, comprehensive Primary Care and exceptional Emergency / Trauma Services. Since 1978 the medical center has evolved, wherever possible, right along with complex healthcare technologies and population growth while remaining within the 10,000-square-foot remodeled residential building, built in the 1960s.

Currently the Telluride Hospital District is working to secure a site for a new facility to serve the needs of the region today, tomorrow and fifty years into the future.

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