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Horrible experience. Wait time over an hour and the staff gets upset if you express your feelings about the time. They are rude and the front desk gives wrong information about test results. I have been going there for years and each year gets worse and worse. Doctor Osawer is awesome but you have to jump through hoops to see him. His wife is rude and talks to people like they are beneath her. Searching for a new family doctor right away.
I have been going to this practice for over a year now and I really enjoy the professionalism of the employees and doctor. I am always informed of any outstanding debt whenever I visit. I have been made to wait for a bit on some occasions but one the one occasion when my daughter had excruciating abdominal pain, I was attended to immediatey
First and last visit. Not recommended for working people. I had an 11am appointment, arrived early and was called in 1/2 hour later after sign in. Then, after vitals were taken, sat in a room for over 50 minutes waiting for a doctor who I was assigned to a week earlier by Kaiser, but who never arrived & no explanations were given to me. The facility did not appear to be busy either. I informed them I was leaving (having to return to work) although I'd paid the co-pay up front and no one seemed to care. The patients appeared to be mostly elderly/retired people who perhaps can afford to wait. Perhaps this facility is understaffed. I can't rate the care because I didn't receive any. Honestly, almost one and one half hour wait for a "no show" doctor, WHEN you have an appointment! Really! Be aware that the website for this large Sugar Hill/Buford facility list: "No Urgent Care" which they define as, and I'm quoting: earaches, coughs, sore throats, minor injuries, upper respiratory symptoms!! MD's on staff, but they can't handle a cough or cold? On the bright side, it is a very new, neat and clean environment suitable for reading or web browsing, you just can't get medical care there.
I simply asked the receptionist to check on my insurance because I've been experiencing issues with my optometrist under my active plan. She tells me it would be too much work for her, she'd have to call and it would take too much time. I was absolutely appalled and upset leaving because I need to receive my prescription. Also the last time I visited the owners wife was yelling at staff because someone was late telling them how it was not her job to have to check people in and deal with patients, that's what she pays them for. Made me feel very uncomfortable and unwelcome. Overall an awful and unprofessional office. Looking for a new primary doctor considering I never see mine anyway just nurses. Also they completely ignored my lab results, I received them 2 months later when I went in for a totally different issue. No one looked at them nor entered them into the computer. Just left them on the fax machine
Absolutely appalling! Tried to be in solidarity with Alex, but in the last 7 years of us staying with his practice, we have always had to wait an hour or two to be attended to, even though we had 'appointments'!! We drive over 8 miles to get to Hamilton Mills as we wanted to keep the business in the 'family'. Wasted effort. We had a 4.30pm appointment last week and got to be taken into a back room after 6pm where my child had to sit in the freezing cold room. The nurse left him in there while she went to work on paperwork. The practice now has a myriad of new ladies working there and are seemingly too intimidated to talk to the doctor, nor do they know what co-pays were!!He had the nerve to tell me he would call the police because I expressed my disdain at the delay. Not once was there an apology from him at us having to sit waiting for over 2 hours. He more or less threatened me with a fee of $50 for my child's medical records when I told him we would consider changing practitioners. Shame on you Alex. That was totally unprofessional of you. He also refused to sign the school forms required for the beginning of the school year, nor prescribe necessary prescriptions for my child's allergies. Pure adolescent behaviour - and yes, we will stop visiting your practice and yes, we will pay $50 for transferring our medical records, but your reputation has finally shattered where my family is concerned. It is totally unfair that we left your offices at 6.55pm after having a 4.30pm appointment and I end up being insulted by you Alex. I am sure you know what 'recommendations' do to goodwill of a business. I will never recommend you, nor your practice. The 'family cord' has been ripped. You are off our Christmas Card List!!��������
I would like to share my bad experience after visitation at doctor Dipak Patel. During the medical examination the doctor are very unprofessional to us. That man prescribed medication which is very expensive and can not be found in the pharmacies. He told me that my child is suffering from some strange disease which no longer exists in America and can not provide medical expertise. How do you think I felt?The next day realized that I can buy a medicine for only $8 without prescription in any pharmacy!!!I bought the drug and went to visit the doctor! But for my surprise he didn't want to talk with me. I asked them to give my money back but instead of this they told me to leave the office! Is that a normal relation between a doctor and a patient? I don't think so!
The Community Practice in Lawrenceville has nice PA's and Doctor's, but their front office will rip you off. They are extremely dishonest and never get the bills right. They do not return calls when it comes to keeping your money. I paid my Medicare deductible twice and they kept my money knowing that I am no disability. I am reporting this practice to the Insurance and Medical Board. I have requested now for a solid week for someone to call me back. I keep calling their billing. From the charges they gave me and the money that I have paid, they owe me $182. They took me off the examining table on my last visit while I was crying in pain to have me pay another $98.23. Make sure you keep every single receipt and if you pay by cash, do not lose your receipt as they will bill you all over again. They have a horrible turn over in Lawrenceville. My PA went to another practice in Alpharetta. I seen another PA and she was very nice, but the front office are absolutely total jerks and extremely unprofessional plus they have no compassion whatsoever. I will be calling the State of Georgia Insurance Board and The State of Georgia Medical Licensing Board on Monday to report this practice. Nice PA's, but the front office leaves a lot to be desired. Rosetta Bailey, 404-904-0706
I waited for over an hour to be seen by the Nurse Practitioner to talk for 5 minutes about getting a prescription. She was really nice, and so was the office staff, which gives them the 3 stars. Not excited about the wait time. Was also told that my prescription would be called in Monday - if I hadn't heard, to call Monday afternoon. Did that, sent a message via the portal, left another message today. STILL no response. Seems a little ridiculous.
Avoid if you expect someone to inform you of lab results or getting routine prescriptions. I don't know who puts in their prescription orders, but they screw them up on a regular basis. The NURSE NEVER calls back if you leave a message. If you do decide to use this unorganized place, call the front desk if you need something. Leaving messages will not work! If you have an appt, be prepared to wait AT LEAST 1-2 hours AFTER your appt time! Been there multiple times & this happens EVERY TIME. I will DEFINITELY be switching to another clinic!! Gave them plenty of chances to get their mess together. ➡FAILED MISERABLY⬅ Dr. Osawa if this is your clinic, they need training, more people, or an overhaul. Been in the medical field over 25 years & I've never seen such incompetency for patients' needs.
Called at 11am to make an appointment and was told to just walk in, no appointment was necessary, and ended up waiting for two hours to be seen. The PA then proceeded to practically harass me when I attempted to get a REFILL of my Adderall medication (which I had gotten the first time at that doctors office). Once I finally asked to see the doctor it was clear they had spoken and was treated with the same suspicion from him; both were incredibly rude and made no attempt to listen to my needs or have a conversation about what I should take that would make me feel better since the first medication gave me anxiety. I cannot believe medical professionals would treat their patients so disrespectfully.
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.