Portland area physician uses technology to promote women's health

Life-saving checkups can be scheduled online at discounted prices

Jan 31, 2013, 14:38 ET from Sprig Health

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- While January was celebrated as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month nationwide, one Portland area doctor is using technology to provide additional access to women's health care check-ups. Women without health insurance, or who have high deductible health insurance plans, are now able to book and pay for their exams with Dr. Anita Muzik at a 56 percent discount.

"Getting regular pap smears and physical exams are especially important for women's health in detecting preventable illnesses," said Dr. Muzik. "SprigHealth.com has been of good use for our patients, as the service allows us to see patients we normally wouldn't be able to help."

Cervical cancer is an example of an illness that can be treated, in many cases, if caught early. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 12,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, and more than 4,000 women die from the disease annually. Screening, HPV vaccinations, smoking cessation, and other preventive measures can greatly decrease your chances of developing cervical cancer awareness.

SprigHealth.com offers a way for women in Portland to see Dr. Muzik by following these simple steps:

  • Visit the Sprig website to book an appointment with Dr. Muzik
  • Schedule an appointment when it's convenient to you – often on the next day
  • Use a credit card to pay for the appointment up front. A women's wellness appointment with Dr. Muzik costs $180 on Sprig Health compared to $425 standard price -  a 56% discount
  • Show up for the appointment with no additional administrative details to consider

"SprigHealth.com launched in the Portland area in October 2011, and offers anyone the ability to book with any of our 350 of health care providers, with or without insurance," said Sprig Health President Kris Gorriaran. "Sprig breaks down the barriers to access that prevent many people from seeking treatment, and offers a lower price point for the same services you would book with the same health providers on your own."

About Dr. Muzik, Legacy Health Primary Care Clinic
Dr. Anita Muzik is a family practitioner, located in Fisher's Landing in Vancouver, Washington. She is a graduate of the University of Washington Medical School and Gonzaga University (Magna Cum Laude). Dr. Muzik completed her residency in Vancouver, Washington, at Family Medicine of Southwest, Washington. She is fluent in Spanish, and is currently booking appointments. To book an appointment with Dr. Muzik, visit Sprig Health online.

About Sprig Health
Sprig Health is a company based in Portland, Oregon, that believes everyone should have access to affordable health care. Sprig offers individuals a simple way to schedule and pay online for a doctor's appointment at savings up to 50 percent below the standard market rate. Sprig's mission is to provide a marketplace that connects cash-paying patients with trusted health care providers. Sprig is a subsidiary of Cambia Health Solutions, a leading health company headquartered in the Pacific Northwest/Intermountain region. For more information about Sprig Health, please visit www.SprigHealth.com or call 855-697-7744 (855-MY-SPRIG).

SOURCE Sprig Health