A Gator advantage

And the password is … GatorAdvantage

Program puts HSC employees in fast lane for care

By Czerne M. Reid

Health Science Center employees can now more easily take advantage of the outstanding care offered by medical providers at UF and Shands through the GatorAdvantage program, an initiative of UF Physicians.

The GatorAdvantage program gives HSC employees and their family members who are covered by a state of Florida-sponsored health insurance plan expedited access — including next-day appointments — to medical providers at UF Physicians and Shands at UF outpatient facilities.

Experts in various specialties and subspecialties are available at 40 group practices throughout Gainesville. They provide both pediatric and adult care to meet the basic as well as the more complex health-care needs of the UF community.

Starting Nov. 15, HSC employees in Gainesville can begin using the service by mentioning they are GatorAdvantage members when making appointments. The program is in development for employees of the Jacksonville Health Science Center. The program is already available to Shands employees.

How to use GatorAdvantage

• Visit the UF Physicians page to find a physician who offers the kind of care you need.

• Tell the practice representative that you are a GatorAdvantage member when you call.

• Indicate the time frame in which you would like to see a provider. If you have difficulty getting an appointment, need answers to additional questions or want to learn more about UF Physicians, call the GatorAdvantage help line at 352-265- 8363. For more information on individual UF Physicians practices, visit www.med.ufl.edu/patients/ufclinics.shtml.