Welcome to Seattle Medical Associates
Founded in 1981 on the Swedish Medical Center Campus, Seattle Medical Associates (SMA) is a partnership of board-certified specialists in Internal Medicine that provides medical care for adults in both outpatient and hospital settings.
In 1997, SMA was redesigned as one of the very first ‘direct care’ practices in the United States. This innovative form of health care delivery creates a more direct relationship between patients and physicians, using insurance only for care obtained outside of our office.
In 2008, SMA led the successful efforts to codify the ‘direct care’ model of health care delivery into law in Washington state. At SMA, medical decisions are based upon your health needs, not the needs of the healthcare industry. Our sole purpose is to provide our patients the care and service they deserve.
Doctors who will serve as your advisor and advocate when you are ill, hospitalized or have an emergency. Physicians who will always be available for emergency calls.
State-of-the-art electronic medical records.Trained, intelligent office staff who know you personally. Medical decisions made by you and your doctor, not your insurance company, your employer or your "gatekeeper".
Fewer delays and waits. Emergencies arise and medicine is unpredictable, but your time is valuable. When we schedule an appointment, you will be seen within 15 minutes of your appointed time. An unhurried atmosphere in which you and your physician have time to talk and plan your care.
Rapid responses. Call us with an urgent medical problem and you will be seen promptly. When you need medicine, you can expect us to call in your prescription the same day, usually within two hours.
Forms for disability, school physicals, letters or other needs will be faxed or mailed within 48 hours. No excuses. Just the attention and service you want from very experienced professionals.
Complete confidentiality of medical records and communications. – less