Dr. Chick is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine Physician who has been in Private Practice for over thirty wonderful years. After graduating from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, she went to San Francisco for her Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at St. Mary’s Medical Center. In 1985, she opened her practice as Dr. Katherine L. Margolin at 3838 California Street, and practiced in SF until 1994 when she moved her practice to Marin County to be geographically closer to her three small children. CPMC is her preferred hospital for specialty referrals and inpatient admissions. In January of 2016, Dr. Chick decided to practice under her maiden name.
Why is Dr. Chick an “Out-of-Network” Provider?
Dr Chick's primary goal is to provide excellent health care. She chooses to listen and work interactively with her patients, allowing adequate time to explore problems in detail during each medical appointment. Dr. Chick was an In-Network Provider until 1999. She left that paradigm when she realized that she was unable to provide the care patients needed; the hectic schedule demanded by the constraints of Insurance-Based Medicine simply made it impossible. As she tells her patients, “It’s not like flying coach; it’s like flying first class”. One patient responded, “No, Dr. Kathy, it’s like having your own private jet.” And the patient left her office, feeling better already.
What is an “Out-of-Network” Provider?
Dr. Chick is not contracted with any insurance company or Medicare. She accepts payment at the time of your medical appointment. You will be given a statement to submit to your insurance company. In accordance with your policy, your insurance company will determine the amount they reimburse.
Medicare "Opt Out"
Dr. Chick has opted out of Medicare. All tests she orders are covered by the usual Medicare guidelines. However, the cost of office visits is not covered. Patients may not send Dr. Chick's bills to Medicare for reimbursement, but may send them to their Secondary Insurance.
…And a Little More About Dr. Chick
Dr. Chick lives within walking distance of her lovely office. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, reading fiction, doing the daily Jumble and Cryptoquip, cooking, walking her 6-year-old Havanese dog Leo, and taking full advantage of all the beauty Marin County has to offer. Her adult children and patients are especially fond of her “Most Marvelous Muffins”, and if you ask, she’ll share the recipe with you!