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9480 Huebner Rd Ste 400San Antonio, TX 78240
When I became pregnant with my first child, I knew that picking a pediatrician was going to be a very important decision for my husband and me. We selected Dr Adetona and his team at Practical Approach Pediatrics and Pediatric dentistry after a formal interview and receiving a strong recommendat…
11019 Culebra RdSan Antonio, TX 78253
This facility was the first pediatric clinic I had taken my child to since moving to San Antonio, and it was a clean and friendly environment, with great, service, also very quick! I had considered taking my very feverish child to er, but glad I went to Tots N Teens!
11398 Bandera RdSan Antonio, TX 78250
I was referred to this place with a sick son. Only to find it closed. I waited. Used restroom only to find the toilets don't flush. Went in to see doc, she said my son was fine. In a few hours my son was rushed to the ER with a severe respiratory infection. He had to take breathing treatments an…
1207 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 115San Antonio, TX 78258
I also had a great experience with this clinic. The facility is excellent. (The big screen TVs and interactive lighting built into the floor entertains the kids while they wait.) I went in without proof of insurance and the front desk staff did the research over the phone to confirm insurance wh…
19223 StonehueSan Antonio, TX 78258
Thanks! Dr. Yvonne Lai is wonderful! I went to North Central Urgent Care on recommendation from friends. I have to say the staff was great. The doctor demonstrated care and professionalism. I had seen two physicians at other facilities and neither could properly diagnose why I was in so much…
19422 US Highway 281 NSan Antonio, TX 78258
Staff was friendly and nice. I loved the doctor. He was very patient and explained everything to me. I felt better the next day. I was even more satisfied when the clinic called me a few days later to see how I was doing and if there was anything more they can do for me. I am so happy we ha…
17503 La Cantera PkwySan Antonio, TX 78057
1201 S Main StBoerne, TX 78006
Best Docs, Best Staff, Best Care. I have been to all 3 clinics and all are great. I'll be returning for all of my health care needs.
1659 W State Highway 46New Braunfels, TX 78132
Best Docs, Best Staff, Best Care. I will definitely use this place again for my medical care.
19750 State Highway 46 WSpring Branch, TX 78070
From Business: Bulverde Urgent Care & Occupational Health Center is a health care clinic that specializes in medical and trauma care services. The clinic offers the treatment for fractures, sprains, sore throat, respiratory disorders, acute asthma problems, nausea and vomiting. It specializes in the diagnosis of bronchitis, pneumonia, sp…
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Let me start this review by saying I HATE and DISTRUST all doctors, and generally will wait until I am on death’s door before I will be seen. However, this note is to say how HAPPY we are that we discovered Prompt Urgent Care. My fiancee, who is self-employed and does not have insurance, became very sick 48 hours before he was required to drive 1400 miles across the US. The folks at Prompt Urgent Care were very thorough, taking the time to discuss all medical options, and costs with us, making sure all bases were covered, in the most cost effective way possible. Furthermore, in the few minutes we were waiting for the doctor, I became very ill, and it was quickly apparent I needed to be seen as well. But, I was not made to go back out to the waiting room to fill out paperwork and pay. Prompt Urgent Care treated us both without challenge or worry, helping us fill out the additional paperwork, taking my insurance/payment method, and took care of it for me while I was being seen. They even filed all the paperwork for my pain-in-the-rear-end insurance, who completely covered my visit! In addition, I really appreciate being seen in the order in which you came in, unlike some of their competitors, who take all the easy money sports physicals, leaving the actual sick people waiting for hours. Their prices are very affordable, unlike their competitors, who are substantially higher for the non-insurance cash clients. And, my insurance, which seems to be a challenge for everyone else, (Cigna), is not a problem for them. They care about their patients, and you are treated with…KINDNESS, (that means they are nice to you…I know, I was floored…a doctor who cares and is nice?!). Prompt Urgent Care seems to specialize in kindness. And, if you call with any billing issues or questions, they are STILL nice to you. And I know this because I called with a question on my insurance, which they took care of immediately. And finally, I was also very pleased to see they have onsite X-rays, lab testing and vaccinations, along with several other services, which makes them a step above several of their competitors, and gives me, my family and my friends, a new place to go for the majority of our medical needs. Thank you, Prompt Urgent Care. I am no longer terrified and intimidated to go to the doctor. And that means a lot.
This clinic is the best I have ever visited. The name of the clinic lives up to its name. I was promptly taken care of. If fell down our stairs yesterday. The pain worsened today. I called my physician's office this afternoon to ask if I should get my foot checked out. My doctor's nurse said the doctor would be out of the office for a week. She said I should go to a clinic like Prompt Urgent Care. The staff was professional and friendly, which seems like an unlikely combination. However, the staff here pulled it off. The doctor, nursing staff and front desk employees not only took care of my medical needs but treated me like a family member. After the doctor read the x-rays she took the time to explain the results as if I were the only patient she had to spend time with. My questions were answered with respect and patience. I rarely write reviews. In light of the unusual special care and compassion I experienced I decided to let other's know this place exists. I highly recommend this clinic.
Dr. H. Lipsitt has been extremely impressive. He has taken care of my son for the past two years. I have been pleased with his traditional style of sincere concern and of course his expertise. Dr. Lipsitt takes the time to listen and explain. He has also worked my son in as needed. It is great to have somewhere to take your baby that also has two areas to help keep kids from getting sick during their "well" visits. My son is now two years and 7 months old. I trust him to make the best decisions for the care of my son. Most importantly, he has been able to get my son to laugh despite his fears of being at the doctor's office. You can tell Dr. Lipsitt really enjoys what he does. Signed, Suzie McManus
I went to Good night pediatrics last night because my daughter was coughing and breathing a little faster than normal. We only waited about 5-10 minutes in the waiting room and the staff was very nice. They continuously checked her oxygen saturation and gave her breathing treatments. When her oxygen saturation didn't increase after a breathing treatment the doctor sent us to the ER for Xrays. I'm glad he did because she has pneumonia. He called the ER before we left to let them know we were on our way. He also gave me his personal phone # to call him and let him know what the ER diagnosis was. I'm glad we went and appreciate the great service and caring staff.
A big shout-out for the staff of ABCD Pediatrics and Dr. Schlossberg for their amazingly calm, collected and professional performance in the mist of the technological difficulties they had to face. My son has a stubborn ear infection for which I was able to get an appointment on the same day (already miracle:-), was seen sharp on time and out in 20 minutes with prescription and a peace of mind. No rush or panic, everybody was acting like switching back to paper charts without access to computers is no big deal...but us who work in similar environment we know better...they deserve all the credit for their outstanding performance.
I recently discovered this care center when I had to take my son and I was very pleased with their service. It was later in the evening, right before their closing time but they had no problem seeing us in the last minute. All the staff, from the receptionist to the Doctor were very kind and helpful. We waited a total of 15 minutes from walking in the door to being seen by the Doctor. I believe that most of the waiting time was associated with having to fill out the initial forms because we were seen immediately after I completed them. The staff was very thorough and we felt well taken care of. I highly recommend this facility.
Dr. George has been a very good physician to my boys. We have been going to him since my youngest was 9 mos old. He is now 9 y.o. I wanted to switch to another doctor because, at times, I have a difficult time understanding Dr. George. But, after giving him a chance, I have learned to understand what he says. He is very caring, the the point and quick. My boys like him and are very comfortable with him. My husband, is a good judge of people, is pleased with him. The nurses are very through and gentle with my boys. I have no plans in changing doctors. I plan on keeping Dr. George until my boys are to old to see him.
I went to the Impact Urgent Care on 1604/Huebner. Their staff is so professional and friendly. I really enjoyed how thorough Dr. Evan Ratner was in asking me questions. He sat down and knew exactly what xrays to order and how to proceed with my care. I feel the clinic is so well trained as to how to greet individuals and their friendliness when you are in the clinic. Great group and I have continued to let my friends know about Impact Urgent Care (any of their locations) and all have called me with the same glowing report. Delighted you are wiling to be professional in all areas and help patients. thank you, fran c.
This pediatrics practice and their staff are awesome!!!! They have recently added 2 new doctors and they picked good ones! Dr. Johnson is the one I saw with my little boy. She was so sweet and knowledgable. I could tell she knew her business. My son has asthma and was wheezing. She took the time and listened to me and explained what to do at home so that we would not end up at the ER of in the hospital. Then she explained that they have triage nurse that could walk me through the process if I got home and was having a hard time doing it. This is the kind of doctors my family needs!
I took my 3 1/2 month old in for the first time on Sunday morning. Although there was a bit off a wait, I was probably 12th in line, (over an hour) I was very happy. The receptionist Shona was friendly & eager to be helpful. We saw Dr. Sutherland & she was awesome! Our diagnosis was RSV which was very scary but she assured me I could handle it & explained in detail everything I needed to do to get him through it. Nervous as I was I went back two days later with some concerns and once again Shona and Dr. Sutherland were amazing! Besides the initial wait this is a great place!
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.