Medical Group FAQs

Find the right doctor for you

Choosing the right doctor is important. It's one of those relationships that can last a lifetime. So you want it to be right.

When you choose a Prisma Health physician you can rest assured that not only are you choosing a highly trained medical professional, you're choosing someone who is committed to being your physician for life. 

We have more than 850 providers in more than 130 primary care and specialty care practices for you to choose from. We have doctors throughout the region, close to your home or work.

What is the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group?

The Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group is a not-for-profit company that brings together physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care providers from two of South Carolina’s most respected organizations – Prisma Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. We are the Midlands region’s largest multispecialty medical group and the 11th largest employer in the Midlands.

Our team of physicians, nurses and staff wants to get to know you and answer any questions you have. Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. But if you need additional, focused medical treatment, your doctor will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care.

What is a primary care physician?

Primary care physicians manage and coordinate your medical care. Primary physicians can be either Family Practice physicians or Internal Medicine physicians. Family practice physicians treat children, teens and adults. They are trained to treat the whole person, physically and emotionally. Internists treat adults and adolescents, focusing on both common and complex illnesses. Internists help coordinate care for their patients when other medical specialists, such as surgeons, are involved.

What is an OB/GYN?

An obstetrician/gynecologist is a physician who specializes in care for women of all ages. OB/GYNs provide annual gynecologic exams, birth control management, hormone therapy options, urinary incontinence treatment, obstetrical services including prenatal care and delivery for pregnant patients, and surgical services including hysterectomies. OB/GYNs treat adolescents through older adults.

What is a specialist?

A specialist is a physician who completes medical school, then goes on to continue his or her medical education in a specific area of medicine by completing a multiple year residency. Your primary care physician will help you choose a specialist who's right for you within our extensive Prisma Health network.

What is a walk-in practice?

A walk-in practice provides convenient care to all of our patients with immediate but not life-threatening illnesses or injuries. We offer extended office hours and the chance to be seen without having an appointment. We are happy to treat your needs and have primary care physicians on staff for your ongoing medical needs.

What insurance do you accept?

We accept most commercial insurance. Our practices can answer specific questions when you call to schedule an appointment. It is your responsibility to fully understand your coverage benefits and to verify that we are listed as approved providers prior to scheduling an appointment with us. You will find more information about financial arrangements here.

What if I can't find the doctor I'm looking for?

Use our Find a Physician tool to find a doctor who is right for you. It includes a wide variety of specialists who are active physicians on Prisma Health's medical staff, employed and non-employed.


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