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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.
He is a Master of his trade. Works with Dr Prakash, MD Surgeon aslso a Master of the knife. If your insurance does not cover these two, take out a loan for the BEST team you could possibly find in Michigan!
When you hear the word cancer, it’s pretty scary. Dr. Dalla Vecchia is reassuring, kind & compassionate. She was very generous with her time, making sure that I understood what all my options were.
she gave our son a prescription for medical marihuana in 5 mins! No physical exam was even done, or any questions of his mental and physical health! He is an addict! he was 8 months sober when she gave him a free pass!! How disgusting ! SHE SHOULD LOSE HER MEDICAL LICENSE!!
From the the moment we arrived to the emergency room, we were greeted by the security guard informing us to sign in and find a seat. 40 minutes after we had signed in we had approached the desk inquiring about the wait, just to find out that they didn't even realize we had signed in. After all the test were performed we were taken back to witness them struggling to find a clean room for us to be placed in. When finally being placed in a room we discovered dried blood on the arm rest to the bed and garbage on the floor. When the doctor had entered the room he immediately implieded that we were burdening him and inquiring as to why we didn't just go to a primary care doctor. My girlfriend had stated that she had side pains and stomach pains, we reassured him that she was 100 percent sure she was not pregnant. He then took a urine sample that was lost a hour after it was taken. Another hours had gone by until he arrived in with negative test results for a pregnancy test and he proceeded to tell us that we should go to a primary care doctor for a follow up. After a 4 hour wait we left knowing no new information and a big bill.
My sister was hospitalized here on Friday for possible suicide attempt. She has a psychatric record there. Family requested multiple times she be sent to a psych facility. On Sunday they were shipping her home in a cab without notifying any family. My sister committed suicide that night only a few hours after being discharged. Pure negligence from this hospital and the psych doctors. Now I'm grieving the loss of my 26 yrold sister who just needed the right help. The hospital and the mental health help in this country failed my sister and my family. They deserve negative stars!!!!
All fo the doctors are either foreign or looked like they just graduated from high school and the nurses are all obese and everybody was too good to have a regular conversation with you in ICU. It seems like a teaching hospital or a place for misfits.
Went there with my 5 year old daughter for concerns with her breathing. Another family walked in at the same time. We let them go first as their daughter was in more obvious distress. The mother was yelled at by the woman in the check-in window. She told the mother to sit down, so the mother went to sit with her daughter. In a very disrespectful voice, the check-in woman says "I didn't tell you to sit over there. Sit here." She pointed to the seat directly in front of her. The poor mother was torn between her daughter crying, sitting by herself, and this barking receptionist. When the paperwork was complete, I waited...and waited for the receptionist to call me up. Instead she just looked up and stared at me- not in a nice inviting way. I walked over and asked if I could check-in and she sighed and said yes. My daughter walked over to me to sit on my lap and whispered to me to tell the woman her name. I tell her we need to wait until the woman is ready for it. The woman looks up and says "What does she want?" I tell her my daughter's name. How does she reply to the child? "Boy, that's a mouthful." But this was just the check-in. Once we get to the room- a bare white box with a yellow stripe, we wait for the doctor. No books, no television, no pictures on the walls, no nothing. This is a children's urgent care right? We're told the doctor will be right with us. Dr. Chuck. I'm thinking a man, going by his first name for the kids. Nope. It is an older woman with an accent so thick, my daughter asks what language she's speaking. I *think* it was English. The language barrier was terrible. I had to ask the doctor several times to repeat herself. It was terrible. So after my daughter's treatment, we just sat in the room. I wasn't sure if someone was going to come back in. So I had to walk out to find someone. Yes. We were finished, we could leave. So, after all that, I checked in with our normal ped on Monday, and he was very unhappy with the doctor's treatment. He changed what we were doing and my daughter was on the road to recovery. I would NEVER go back to that urgent care again. And the follow up call, I think the same unfriendly, rude, arrogant, hostile woman was calling to do those. I didn't complain to her, just told her that my daughter saw her ped on Monday and was doing well. With no reply or salutation, the woman hung up. Nice. Terrible experience.
This doctor is probably a genius and would be the first to tell you so. He is crabby as hell, in a rush, very short tempered and makes snap decisions without reviewing his facts. I almost started to cry. I was to afraid to use my great sarcastic talents. Please find another pain doctor as this guy will add psychological pain to whatever ails you physically. Run like hell! I'd go to a veterinarian before I'd see this guy again. I write this with great sincerity.
This is an ok hospital. It's not exceptionally good, it's fair. I recently learned that this hospital charges an "extra fee" to use their ER dept. between the hours of 10pm-8am!!!How stupid is that? ER'S are open and staffed 24/7 and yet they behave like your vet when it comes to charging fees! Had I know this, I would have waited until 8:01
NEVER AGAIN!!! I had ankle surgery at Henry Ford and the entire experience was AWFUL! The nurses in pre-op and post-op were extremely rude and made me feel like I was inconveniencing them. I was not allowed to see my family except for 2 minutes to say goodbye before I was wheeled into surgery. After my surgery, my incision got infected. I was out of town when this happened and went to the local hospital. There, they told me I needed to get back to the hospital where I had the surgery so I took a 4.5 hour ambulance ride back to Henry Ford. When I got there, the doctor looked at my infection for all of 30 seconds and told me I could go home. The nurse was taking the IV out of my arm as he was discharging me before I could even speak. I did not have any clothes (I was wearing a hospital gown), my family was 4.5 hours away so I had no transportation and no where to go. Also, since I was taken by ambulance I had no crutches with me and the doctor informed me that he didn't have any crutches to give me so in addition to having no clothes, family, transportation, I also had no way of getting around. The male nurse who discharged me put me in a wheel chair, wheeled me into the lobby, and left me there.... in a hospital gown. He told me I could stay there until I found someone who could come get me (I did have my cell phone THANK GOD!). I was extremely embarrassed and humiliated. I refuse to step foot back on this hospital's premises and STRONGLY DISCOURAGE anyone from going here. I would rather receive care in a 3rd world country than go back to this hospital!
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.