New Patient Forms
To save time while at our office for your initial appointment, we highly recommend that you download these forms, fill them out, and bring them to the appointment. Please also bring your insurance card(s), photo ID, and specialist co-payment.
We accept most insurance plans, including those listed below. Insurance will cover most services we offer.
If there is a question about insurance coverage, our staff will help determine if your insurance will approve the expenses. If your insurance does not cover a procedure, payment options can be arranged to meet your individual needs.
- Beech Street
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- BridgeSpan Health
- Coventry Health Care
- EMI Health (formerly Educators Mutual)
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare
- Health Choice Utah
- Health Utah Physicians Network
- SelectHealth (all plans)
- United Healthcare
- University of Utah Health Plans
- Wise Provider Networks
Frequently Asked Questions
The following are frequently asked questions regarding thyroid disease, treatment, and what to expect at the Thyroid Institute of Utah. Visit the other pages of our website to learn more about thyroid and parathyroid conditions that we commonly treat. If you have further questions about a diagnosis or treatment, contact us to make an appointment with one of our endocrinologists or surgeons.
The drawbacks of Armour Thyroid, which is derived from pigs’ thyroid glands, include the following:
• not FDA-approved
• fluctuations in T3 and T4
• variability in its production
• unnatural relationship to the human body
The majority of trials have not shown an advantage of Armour over synthetic thyroid hormone. It is also worth considering that pigs have a shorter life span and their metabolic requirements are quite different than human beings; hence, pigs’ thyroid hormone is also very different.
The American Thyroid Association stated the following regarding Armour Thyroid:
Animals do not have the same balance of T4 and T3 as humans do, making the armour method not as effective or “natural” for humans as it could be. Additionally, each desiccated thyroid might have different levels of T4 and T3, making it difficult to keep blood levels right and maintain consistency. A final weakness of the desiccated thyroid method is that they use chemical “binders” to hold the pill together, which also contributes to them being less “natural.” It is rare today to be prescribed a desiccated animal thyroid, as evidence suggests that the synthetic T4 has all the advantages.