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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.
4110 Briargate Pkwy Ste 440Colorado Springs, CO 80920
From Business: The Children's Eye Center is a pediatric ophthalmology clinic that has been serving Colorado Springs and all of Southern Colorado for over 25 years. We are the on…
3230 E Woodmen Rd Ste 100Colorado Springs, CO 80920
From Business: Looking for a gynecologist Colorado Springs women trust? Colorado Obstetrics & Women's Health was established in March 2007. Our practice is dedicated to providin…
640 Southpointe Ct, Suite 110Colorado Springs, CO 80906
I have been to a couple of consults with other Medical Spas and I did not feel comfortable but at SkinMd I felt comfortable right away and I was giv…
3205 N Academy Blvd Ste 130Colorado Springs, CO 80917
If you have a long term issue I would not use Peak vista they change policies pluss meds are late. and they seem too busy to address the problem. Th…
6011 E Woodmen Rd Ste 320Colorado Springs, CO 80923
Don't go here if you are looking for a place that values your time as much as theirs. I'm new to town so I made sure to leave my house 40 minutes ea…
2312 N Nevada Ave Ste 100Colorado Springs, CO 80907
From Business: Colorado Springs Neurological Associates (CSNA) began in 1959 and is now the largest and most experienced neuroscience and spine practice in southern Colorado. We…
4190 E Woodmen Rd Ste 230Colorado Springs, CO 80920
From Business: Colorado Foot and Ankle of Colorado is dedicated to helping our patients maintain healthy feet. Recently formed by merging the three most successful podiatry prac…
6071 E Woodmen Rd Ste 340Colorado Springs, CO 80923
From Business: North Springs Surgical Associates is committed to providing each patient with an exceptional level of care and attention. At North Springs Surgical Associates, we…
170 S Parkside DrColorado Springs, CO 80910
From Business: Welcome to Colorado Springs Dermatology Clinic! Colorado Springs Dermatology Clinic is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility offering medical and surgical ca…
8580 Scarborough Dr Ste 225Colorado Springs, CO 80920
From Business: At Colorado Dermatology Institute our mission is to help you become comfortable in your skin, while providing you with the most up-to-date and comprehensive derma…
6011 E Woodmen Rd Ste 365Colorado Springs, CO 80923
From Business: Pain & Spine At St. Francis W.L. Lippert, M.D. Spinal stenosis is a common cause of low back and leg pain. Unfortunately, it is responsible for pain in the senior…
2960 N Circle Dr Ste 200Colorado Springs, CO 80909
From Business: Welcome to Our Practice We appreciate the opportunity to provide you with quality health care. Our Board Certified Physicians and Nationally Certified Nurse Pract…
595 Chapel Hills Dr Ste 303Colorado Springs, CO 80920
From Business: The Skin Cancer & Dermatology Center, located in Colorado Springs, CO, proudly provides the most up-to-date dermatological care possible. By utilizing Mohs Microg…
5430 Powers Center PtColorado Springs, CO 80920
From Business: Pain Has Met It's Match.Welcome to Powers Chiropractic Group located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.Our clinic is located on the southwest corner of Powers and Res…
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.
Can't say enough good things about this place. Carissa, Heather and all staff members representing the weight loss business are as professional and superior in customer service as they come. Especially loved the positive attitude there.
Dr. Farag refused to take my mother's call when she was suffering from a migraine. All she needed was a generic called in as her insurance wouldn't pay for the brand-name. He said she needed to go to the ER, as it is not his protocol to call in prescriptions off-hours. This was him, her doctor for years, not an on-call substitute. Be cautious if you choose this doctor, as he will not be bothered with your emergency, even for a simple call into a pharmacy and will instead direct you to call back during office hours or go to an urgent care needlessly.
Beyond awful! Stay as far away as possible. Google name and read out of state results. Extremely negative experience.
I had been with Dr. Miller for over 5 years. He always took good care of me and I was generally pleased. Recently he hired a new PA and things started to go bad. Communication became non-existent. I was having a procedure that he ordered, blood work should have been done on a weekly basis to monitor this ongoing procedure. I called and called but got no response. Then I get a certified letter "no longer will be your physician". No explanation, after 5 years. This is just wrong, I deserve an explanation.
very suited for my Lumbar back pain shots.surgery center closed...Dr Ford does not have office or contact number...another professional faded into oblivion.
I was 5 mins. late because my 23 month old pooped herself on the way out the door. She also used to see doctors in this office. They were 6 months late on notifying me that my now almost 23 month old was past due on her 15 month, 18 month and now almost 2 year old appointment. If they are so worried and over scheduled that they couldn't see my kid 5 mins. late, then why aren't they worried that they are wayyyyy past due on my child's check up, that they never notified my of? So sad to see this is how our health care "professionals" treat their patients!!!!! I have taken my oldest to this office since she was born. She is now 7.5 years old. I have had nothing but problem after problem when trying to get an appointment. They do not send notices when your child is due for an appointment. Although they will claim that they do, the truth is that they do not. This will leave your child in a constant state of being behind in their immunizations and wellness appointments. Regina the front desk lady is rude and will hang up on you if you ask her too many questions regarding why they continuously fail to be keep up on your child's health care. If you want health care equivalent to a 3rd world country heath care system then take your children here. This has been the worst office to deal with on so many levels. I'm highly disappointed in the fact that this office continuously failed my children in basic health care. I'll NEVER take my children to such inefficient care ever again!
Dr. Hiles was very dismissive and seemed to only want to argue basic tests that in her words "only lead to unnecessary operations." If you need anything more than an aspirin, find another physician.
Equipment was fine, however these people charge by month, even if you have the equipment one or two days, you are charged for a whole month. Also, they are deceiving, I was told they would call me to pick the equipment up, only to realize later I would be charged for four months cause that is how long it took them to call....Plus $100 delivery fee. Not my kind of company to do business. I
Dr. Covey and his receptionist should both be given awards for their ungodly lack of professionalism. From the pathetic need to collect an appointment deposit of $150.00 which only tells you that they have a hard time keeping clients to the way they jabber about there patients in front of other patients its amazing that they even have a practice at all. If you were reffered to this buffoon for medication management you should RUN AND HIDE. Do not listen to a word this man tells you he is the type of doctor who tells you everything that you have been told by your past clinicians is wrong. Save yourself the frustration and the Copay and go to ANY other doctor in your network.
I had a similar experience, arriving 6 minutes late because there are three buildings and it is not immediately clear which is the right one. I was told I would have to reschedule the appointment because the computer wouldn't let them check me in after 10 minutes. The extra 4 minutes passed while I waited for the receptionist to finish blowing her nose and finally acknowledge me. I had to take time off work and get a babysitter to attend this appointment,-not to mention waiting 3 weeks to get it. She asked if I wanted to reschedule and I said no, I didn't think it was a good fit for me. So one less patient for this place.
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.