The January 2017 To-Do List »
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.
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. Blackwood is a great doctor but he retired about 3 years ago. I sure miss him.This site says you need more words. He's wonderful. He's thoughtful. He's a good listener. He treats his patients with respect. He has a great sense of humor. But like I said he has retired from practice.
Many of us in Manatee County have had wonderful experiences with Bradenton Small Animal Hospital. My own family will appear in Dr. Butler’s records dating back to the 50s. Let me tell you a little about my most recent experience. This past Monday our beagle, Max, exhibited some discomfort and problems with mobility. Our regular vet was not in the office so our daughter took Max to Bradenton Small Animal Clinic. Soon she was told that Max exhibited the very worst case of dehydration the vet had ever seen. We were told his kidneys and liver were shutting down. We would have to begin emergency procedures to save his life. We were told it would happen again, if we could save him, and that we should consider how we would want to proceed in the future, as it was a costly procedure to repeat over and over.Of course, I immediately paid $639.38 and authorized the procedure. We worried all afternoon about how to tell our grandson that we may have to put his pet down.When Luke and I arrived that evening to transfer him to an overnight facility (another $400), fully expecting to be saying goodbye to Max, I questioned the severe dehydration because Max has adequate water supplies, both indoors and outdoors. And he drinks from them all of the time. At this time we were told that Max wasn’t dehydrated after all. It seems their equipment had malfunctioned. What did the vet tell us? “I guess we should have called you when we discovered the error.” Ya reckon?When I questioned my having to pay for their error, I was told he also had low potassium levels which concerned them. And, apparently, the protocol for saving a critically dehydrated animal, whose kidneys and liver are failing, and treating low potassium levels is the same procedure. When I expressed the distressful afternoon of trying to figure out how to tell our grandson that we may have to put his dog down, this vet smugly told me “Well, I can’t tell you how to talk to your grandson.” I wasn’t asking for parental guidance, I was expressing what we had gone through due to their negligence.To be fair, the vet did offer to refund the $45 for the faulty test, but nothing for the $595 we paid for the protocol resulting from the faulty testing. I told the vet to keep the $45 and buy herself a wonderful Christmas dinner.If a medical doctor does the same thing, it results in a malpractice lawsuit. I feel the Bradenton Small Animal Hospital counts on the fact that most people won’t take several hundred dollars to small claims court. I have not decided the next step. I do know we were treated wrongly and unfairly.I am sure this doesn’t represent all cases at this clinic, but I do feel this case should have been handled differently. We brought Max home the next morning. It took him about 24 hours to recover from the “life saving” treatments he was subjected to in error. Wednesday morning he was back to his old self, like nothing ever happened.I feel that, like many businesses here in Florida, this office doesn’t care what one person thinks about their service, there will always be another customer who has never heard about the flawed service, both professionally and in regards to customer service.We are very grateful that Max is back to normal, but $1140.00 based on a faulty piece of equipment is hard to swallow.
We have been here with our cat and the experience was one of the best!Very kind and knowledgeable people and they try all the best in order you have a good experience here. Doctor Manu Gabriel is the best veterinary doctor: very knowledgeable, very professional, he really love animals, and try you be pleased with everything about your animal.Thank you Doctor for All!Bulatt
The most UNPROFESSIONAL psychiatrist in the area. PERIOD. I would urge each person to stay away from this clown. This "doctor" will smile at you during the session and in time will show his true, arrogant colors if given the opportunity.
Lady your full b.s. ⬆THIS AN AWESOME PLACE! NO EXTENDED WAITING TIMESFRIENDLY DOCTOR , NURSES , AND RECEPTIONIST'S EASY TO SCHEDULE APT.They work hard and long hours at this office .....their availability is extensive , more than most places!They take medicaid which can be stressful because those patients I have seen in many different doctors offices complaining!I witnessed a receptionist at a Medicaid dentist provider finally say one time to a patient as she was whinning about her wait time " Where would you all be without Dr._ _ _ _ , he's a great guy , and he works hard!" "He doesn't get paid much that's for sure!" I would appreciate it if the ones that don't have the money to pay for medical , and are being treated for free would be more appreciative , and not scare off what little doctors that do accept medicaid!! They are not easy to come by!! TY, and remember to be kind to one another especially when these people are working their butts off for you!! DR. COTTAM IS GREAT
This is not the place to go to get understanding of your medical problems as he only listens to what he wants to hear and does not understand what is going on with yourself as a patient and the office staff out front is inexperienced but effective for the most part. I have been in absolute miserly for 3 days because I could not get a refill. His nurse would not listen that it was not my fault that I ran out of my pills. I called in on a friday and explained what to do for my new sciatica that has reared its ugly head and he instructed me to take more pills. While this ran me out early, I am now on nothing and suffering because he can't understand how taking more pills at his instructions can run me out of the pills early. If this is what we baby boomers have to treat us, we are in deep trouble!
Disgusted, literally nauseous to my stomach of the customer service I've received from Candy and Sheron. My family has been going to this doctor for years.. I'm not interested in going to a doctors office with a staff that is impolite, unprofessional and just plain rude. They should find a job that fit their personality because giving customer service and helping people is not what they are meant to do. CLEARLY!
Worse psychiatrist ever. Needs to seek help for his own issues. Arrogant doesn't even touch the surface of this idiots problems. Stay far away from this ticking time bomb fronting as a doctor.
We are from the area but now live in NC. During a recent visit our 18 month old came down with a pretty high fever. She has a history of ear infections so we decided to take her in. We have BCBS federal (which we've used in various settinfs from providers & urgent cares to EDs over the last few years.) We had all the standard insurance card, info and ID at check in, Sunday evening. The medical assistant/ front desk person took the info & shortly after said their online verification was not able to pull up our coverage. She said they would have to charge us $130, then if they can verify our insurance coverage in the morning, then they will mail us a check. We agreed but asked our card we use to pay (which was a FSA/health savings account), be credited, instead of a check being issued. One would think- that is not a big deal as any professional institution with legitimate billing processes could easily reverse payment (instead of mailing a refund check.) WRONG- they not only declined but also eagerly noted if our daughter needed any labs, or other work-up, there would be added charges. The med assistant/ secretary was incredibly rude. I asked to please speak to the person in charge, since she kept saying "its their policy you will have to talk to them, i just work here." She called her boss by phone and intentionally shared a very passive aggressive and condescending summary of the situation. Then hung up and said we could write a check they'd hold. We are traveling and didn't bring our check books. I explained I wanted to talk to the person in charge. She said, "she didn't want to talk to you." WOW- rudest experience we have had in a medical setting! Thankfully our daughter's mood had improved while going through this ordeal, and her fever subsided. We left and called our home ped office (they have an on-call nurse) who was very helpful. She indicated we could wait until the morning for our daughter to be seen. She also indicated the payment policy seemed a bit suspect, as charging a FSA/health savings plan then issuing a check to the patient (individually) after charging their insurance, is not something most medical providers would want to be part of. ( We never thought of that.) Its possible the medical assistant/secretary was misrepresenting this practice. If so, then hopefully they address her behaviors. If not, then clearly there are reasons to be ware.
I came in here for a massage for lower lumber area. It was the best way to relax and get the pain out of the way. Tracy took special time explaining the reason for the discomfort but it was sooo nice to walk out with a perk in my step.
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.