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I have been going here for 2 years. They have screwed up my appt time 3-4 times over the past 2 years. Today the woman insisted that she remembered booking my appointment 2.5 months ago at 11am but I had it written in my calendar with the amount owed for 9:30am. I never miss appointments and I never am late. The woman kept telling me it was my mistake and that she remembered booking it at 11am. She inisted that they had no early morning appointments anytime in the next month. I asked to speak to the Dr. for 5 minutes and they refused and said it was not possible. I refused to leave the counter, I'm usually compliant and let people walk all over me. They finally "found" me an early morning appt time a month from now. Then they actually booked a 9:30 appt a month from now under another person's name who happened to have the first name as me and handed me the printed out appt time/date with another patients name and information on it!!! I returned it to the woman who then explained that she had printed two different "jennifer's" appointment times though the appt time they gave me had the other "jennifer's" name on it!. Then she took another 5 minutes to book the appointment under my name. Needless to say, they continue to screw up over and over at this place and it sucks when you are a person who depends on the appt time they give you to be correct! I stood at the counter angry and crying and the woman fought me telling me how she was right and I made a mistake. I asked if I made a mistake about the amount due also? How could I write the time in my calendar and the amount due but the time was 1.5 hours off. She then said that I confirmed the 11am appointment time yesterday by phone! LOL! Very unprofessional! Unfortunately, I am a big fan of Dr. Evelson and have been seeing her for 2 years now. She is the best. It's too bad the front desk people are so unprofessional, accusatory and rude!
horrible doctor, has a retired hook3r working his front desk, wouldn't trust my worst enemy in his hands
This is the best doctors office I've been too. Same day appointments, all of the girls behind the desk are quick and thorough, the nurses are helpful and warm and the doctors make you feel like they are seriously concerned about your health and they explain whatever it is that you don't understand.
I am very much satisfied with Dr. Hopkins and his work. He’s a very good urologist and I would recommend him to anyone. I was originally referred to him by my primary physician, because I had a ruptured prostate. Dr. Hopkins analyzed it, determined I had cancer and treated me for it. The cancer was fast moving, but he said his treatment would add at least ten more years to my life. Well, it’s been 12 years now and I am still alive! I do go back to him regularly, because the cancer came back a couple times and he got rid of it. I’m very happy with the treatment I received from Dr. Hopkins.
I have been seeing Dr. Simone for several years now and he is amazing! I have had severe allergy issues and Dr. Simone has been able to help me in ways no other Dr. has. He takes the time to listen and has gone above and beyond in testing and treatment. A Dr. who truly cares for his patients and does everything he can to help them. He is the smart and thinks things through about each individual (my whole family now sees him) and I highly recommend him.
Great doctor. It's always a pleasure to talk to her. Her office is clean, staff is friendly and she keep a pretty punctual schedule.
Waited for almost an hour for a 5 minute visit
Doesn't care about patients. Mainly a wc doctor hired by insurance carrier and let's the adjuster "borrow" his medical license to formulate a medical opinion and deny a wc condition. All to keep on the insurance carrier approved list of doctors. Plus, his bed side manners terrible and the appointment took over two hours. Over books!!
Dr. Katz is a fantastic doctor. He is the first doctor I have found that will sit down and talk to me man to man. Best Doc in south FLThanks,Dan
By far one of the worst and most unprofessional doctor's offices I have ever been to. The staff is rude and uncaring and the doctor is a real scatter brain. They lose your appoinments and you wait in the waiting room for hours before seeing the doctor. I had an appoinment and while I was waiting to see the doctor one of his nurses came in to let me know the doctor had to step out. No one could explain where he went or when he would be returning. I had been waiting for 2 hours before I got this information. I've never experienced this in my life. Now I understand why this doctor does not carry malpractice insurance. I am giving him 1 star only because I have to give at least 1, he and his staff deserve a zero.
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.