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The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
1850 Hickory StAbilene, TX 79601
I have gone 6 times to this clinic. (Only cause it is were my insurance is accepted - so that sucks.) My shortest wait time has been 3 HOURS! Which is ridiculously long. I lived in Austin where doctors are in high demand and wait times there were only 30 minutes tops and that came with a board l…
6300 Regional PlzAbilene, TX 79606
Dr. Mathur has been my Gastroenterologist for several years. He is by far the most thoughtful and caring doctor I have visited. He is the only doctor to ever apologize to me for the amount of time I had to wait to see him (and it wasn't a very long wait either). He is always ready to take time t…
2120 Antilley RdAbilene, TX 79606
I was in Abilene from out of state for a school function for my son. I called at 3:30 on a Friday afternoon with eye discomfort from a recurring issue. My eye specialist at home wanted me seen that afternoon if possible. The Abilene Eye Institute gave me an appointment with no hesitation. When I…
2125 Pine StAbilene, TX 79601
From Business: Endocrinology Associates offers health services. An internist who concentrates on disorders of the internal endocrine glands such as the thyroid and adrenal glands. This specialist also deals with disorders such as diabetes, metabolic and nutritional disorders, obesity, pituitary diseases and menstrual and sexual problems.
1957 Antilley RdAbilene, TX 79606
From Business: In more than 25 years of service, Texas Oncology has given treatment and hope to more people throughout the state than any other cancer care provider. As a pioneer of community-based cancer treatment, we have a presence in just about every corner of Texas
4415 Loop 322Abilene, TX 79602
From Business: Dr. David A. Riddlespurger and his staff look forward to being your family eye care center. Dr. Riddlespurger has over 35 years experience and has been serving Abilene for over 12 years.
6300 Regional Plz Ste 475Abilene, TX 79606
I can't say enough good things about Dr.Tobin and his office staff! They were kind, helpful, and compassionate, as well as professional and thorough! They're care was stellar! Thank you Thank you!
1201 N 18th StAbilene, TX 79601
We were very impressed that he had familiarized himself with the history before meeting us. Dr Chant was very personable making us feel like friends. He listens extremely well and answered our questions without talking down to us. We left his office feeling confident and informed about Bill's he…
1680 Antilley Rd Ste 350Abilene, TX 79606
I had a very difficult experience with the delivery of my first child and I was understandably concerned about my daughter. My pregnancy was a high risk one and I left the Army and moved back to Abilene at 6 months pregnant. Dr. Anderson dispelled a lot of my fears and made sure that my baby was…
2150 Cedar StAbilene, TX 79601
Terrific pediatrician, very patient and kind with little ones. I love the staff at this clinic, everyone is friendly, warm, inviting and welcoming. I chose this doctor on the good advice of a friend who takes her 5yr. old to Dr. Shah. Wonderful for military members, pain-free records & paper…
1233 N 18th StAbilene, TX 79601
From Business: ENT Specialists of Abilene is made up of a team of professionals dedicated to providing the best quality healthcare in a responsive and caring environment. Our otolaryngologists are all Board Certified with decades of experience in the profession. We work in concert with nurses and office staff who try to understand your h…
The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
Dr Fuller and his staff are very professional and friendly. I've been going to Dr Fuller since 2003. Dr. Fuller has always taken care of my medical needs and has pointed me in the right direction if I needed a specialist.
Very unpleasant and unprofessional. When you refer to a Dr with no bedside manner Dr Milus Edward Davis should be the illustration.
Dr. Mathur has been my Gastroenterologist for several years. He is by far the most thoughtful and caring doctor I have visited. He is the only doctor to ever apologize to me for the amount of time I had to wait to see him (and it wasn't a very long wait either). He is always ready to take time to answer questions and explain things in way that I can understand.GREAT JOB Doctor Mathur. I appreciate you more than you know.
Friendliest staff ever.. wonderful doctor wh explained everything in detail. Clean, organized, not a long wait.
Kind understanding doctors, great bedside manners, professional courteous staff, Clean, organized, in and out quickly. 100 percent dedication to you!
Very happy with Dr. Barham. Staff is profess ional. Nurses are kind. Clean, organized, accurately staffed
As the medical director of Silver Springs Nursing and Rehab this man is a disgrace to his profession. Staff texting him with recommendations for medications and instructions on how to care for patients in his care. He has no clue about the loved ones left in his care. Would not recommend him to any one ever.
He has fraudulent business/billing practices. I've turned him in to the fraud department with my insurance company (United Health Care). Two years in a row now he has charged me for a "medical" exam during my annual physical in addition to a "wellness" exam because it's an extra charge to the insurance company. Both years, I didn't talk to him about any medical conditions whatsoever (because I don't have any) and simply just answered his questions with yes/no answers. But apparently one of my answers triggered it to be a "medical" exam instead of just strictly a physical, only he never disclosed that to me. He asked me if I still suffered from acid reflux and I said "no" and that's what triggered it to be "medical" and qualified for a $100 doctor visit. I only found out once I got the bill and called them to dispute the charge. The billing department blames the way the doctor coded the visit and said only the doctor can change the coding, but he refused.
Dr. Mathur is my Mothers Gastroenteroligist. Without a doubt, he is the kindest, most compassionate physician I have encountered through this difficult journey with my Mom. Dr. Mathur and his staff are always helpful and accomadating whether we are at an office visit or hospital stay. Most importantly, we have been extremely satisfied with Dr. Mathurs medical knowledge and expertise! Bottom line, Dr. Mathur is a fantastic physician !!!
Dr. Stanley has been around for a while and knows his stuff but he is dishonest and his office staff is incompetent. His office staff lost my lab results that reviled precancerous lesions. It wasn't till I called for another appointment that they found my file and asked me to come in immediately. I explained the situation to Stanley. At the time of the lab I had insurance. One year later when I was ready for my appointment that I was paying out of pocket for my services. I had to have surgery and had no insurance. Stanley offered to pay for my services that were needed the previous year since his staff lost my paperwork. I should have gotten that on paper but I took him for his word. Thousands of dollars later he has yet to pay a penny and now refuses to pay those costs. Don't waste your money.
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.