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.
I recently discontinued my services with Women's Health and Wellness (brandon office). My experience was a mix of good and bad. The bad outweighed the good. I liked the doctors and everyone was friendly when I was in the office. When your pregnant as I am, you sometimes have reason for frequent contact in between appointments regarding your care. The medical system is confusing and messy. At times, I needed the appropriate office staff to help me get some information that after looking into things with the lab myself I was told I couldn't be provided the specific lab billing code (code lab bills for is different than the code office originally provided me) to determine costs and in order to see if insurance covered it. First off, when you call the office you can't get a live person except the scheduling department. The office uses the email web portal for most communication. When I had an easy question, I got a quick response. When I had a question that required a little work on their part, instead of emailing back something like "We'll look into it." Or "We can't help you with that," I literally got no response at all until over a week. I emailed them on a Friday. By Wednesday the next week when I heard nothing, I sent a follow up email. Then by the following Friday when I still heard nothing, I sent another follow up email. Finally the next Monday, I received an email back in which my question wasn't answered & I was given an extension to the lady that manages the in office mini lab at Women's Health and Wellness. Also, I was given wrong info because both the doctor and that lab person in the office previously told me the lab I'd use for the test was Quest, then the person responding in the email said the lab was Counsyl. I left a voicemail for the lady at the extension provided. 3 days later still heard nothing back. This was the 2nd situation with lack of communication from them. After this 2nd issue, I transferred to another OBGYN's office.
Bad dr charges 170 a month for suboxone his son who also works there will tell you he does the prior authorize which is the paperwork need they say they send end but they don't it's been 23 are so days and I still have to pay for meds but I will be making a report on ripoffreport.com a very damaging website will se how they like that and for everybody who doesn't no ripoffreport is none removable and marks the dr for life
Zweibach delivered my husband 28 years ago, my 1st born son 3 years ago & someone in his practice will be delivering my daughter in the next couple weeks. He always answers any questions I have & doesnt worry me about things unless its needed. He jokes around along with the rest of the staff, making it more of a homey feel instead of a strict Dr office. I have made some friends with the front desk staff & the nurses there too. The wait times can be a little long some times, but its completely understandable. The Drs have been there through the good & the bad times (3 miscarriages) & always treat me well.
I would give this practice a zero if I could. Dr Zweibach is unprofessional and rude. He has no empathy. He assumed everything I did was on purpose. They decided to kick me when I am 6 months pregnant. I came to this practice for pre-natal care and I was on vacation out of town and wouldn't be able to make it to one of my appointment, so I rescheduled. He said it out right that I was skipping out on my appointments. He said I was not compliant. I only visited them twice out of this pregnancy, besides the in house testings. I do not recommend this practice. I should of saw the red flags when I first called them and left a few voice message to make an appointment. They never called back so I pressed another extension number to be able to set up an appointment. The check in people and the ones that check your blood were all very nice people, it was the Dr that was not good. I do not recommend this practice. This is not my first pregnancy.
Was very courteous and was very thorough in his initial evaluation with me. Offered several treatment options.
I paid $200 to have nobody listen to me. I feel like a cattle in a herd at this place. The nurse met with me and then told me I needed to make another appointment to speak with a doctor. What a waste of time and money. Also they do not take tricare.
A very rude Doctor, talks to you like you are so beneath him you should be licking his shoes. As I was telling him my symptoms all he did was chastise me about my appointment time and said I obviously don't read what I sign and that I should be coming once a month. Told him I could not afford to come once at month at $170.00 a pop and he told me he didn't care he had bills to. As I was leaving I said to him, sorry your having a bad day and he yelled at me " IF I DIDN'T LIKE IT I DIDNT HAVE TO COME BACK. I will never go back.
Dr. Sidhom's office is the most unprofessionally operated doctor's office I have ever visited. Ironically, the individual in charge of new patients, Debbie Morrow, is rude on the phone and in person, as well as extremely impatient with prospective and new patients. The wait times are absurd (4,5 8 hours, take your pick)!!!!Finally, they show clear contempt for their patients as if everyone there is a drug addict. Do your yourself a favor and stay far away from this Doctor!!!!!!
He delivered my son, however he didn't catch him. My husband and I ended up catching him. Then went back for my 2 week, and made jokes about how he wouldn't drop him this time. Horrible bedside manor. Never going there again.
Do not recommend this Doctor and Ladies ALWAYS do extensive research on Patient reviews on the internet and word of mouth about ANY doctor before choosing them. In addition to being generally uncaring and condescending during my visits with her, Dr. Michelle Amoroso (OB/GYN at Women's Care and in various offices across Tampa). Now there is a situation causing me huge grief. She prescribed me the lowest dose of Prozac to me to help me with my bad periods and agitation which worked very good. I was laid off my job shortly after. Soon my Prosac prescription ran out of refills, and she refused to refill it unless I came in for my annual papsmere -- fine but with a minimum fee of $175 PLUS lab work fees.. I don't have the $$ for the exam. Her office offered NO SOLUTION except "pay it or lose your prescription". They do not care about their patients!So, here I am now having terrible withdrawals from the Prozac and she is refusing to refill. I feel this is very bad professional judgment and disregard for another human being/mother! All she wants is $$. Any knowledgeable medical professional should know never let a patient withdraw from a prescription drug. Just as many of the reviews I have read across the internet and from other patients, I am now convinced that it wasn't just me, it seems to be a fact that she is very abusive behavior towards her Patients. I have had so many MUCH better OB/GYN's. Ladies -- read your reviews first. Many of the reviews I have read about her are words right out of my mouth and if I would have done my research in the first place, I would never be in the predictament I am in now.
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.