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5. Stephens, Bradford J MD

14 Richland Medical Park DrColumbia, SC 29203

(803) 434-4601
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6. S C Veterinary Internal Medicine

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132 Stonemark LnColumbia, SC 29210

(803) 561-9874

Very, very reasonably price- about what I would have paid at my own vet's. Friendly staff, doctors are knowledgable and not pushy. Get there early …

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7. Alan C Peterson MD

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1750 Laurel StColumbia, SC 29201

(803) 779-3378

Try the Northeast office. The atmosphere, doctors and staff there are wonderful. The people at the Northeast are different as night and day. Befo…

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8. Columbia Medical Group

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BBB Rating: A+

4540 Trenholm RdColumbia, SC 29206

(803) 790-4700

My husband and I both had appointments with this doctor (Dr. Moore-Bowens). She took more time with him. She put his Rx's in herself. When it came t…

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9. Desai, Nehal T, MD

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1750 Laurel StColumbia, SC 29201

(803) 779-3378

Doctors are wonderful. However, it is virtually impossible to get through the front staff or have a staff member help by phone.Its a total nightmar…

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Providence Associates in Internal Medicine

10. Providence Associates in Internal Medicine

2001 Laurel St Suite 300Columbia, SC 29204

(803) 254-2786
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Kim Davis, DO

11. Kim Davis, DO

2601 Laurel St Ste 230Columbia, SC 29204

(803) 227-5320
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Kristina P Hursey MD

12. Kristina P Hursey MD

21 Gateway Corners Park Ste 101Columbia, SC 29203

(803) 865-2122

From Business: Dr. Kristina Hursey, MD specializes in internal medicine, and currently treats patients in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Hursey received her medical degree from M…

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Three Rivers Medical Associates

13. Three Rivers Medical Associates

114 Gateway Corporate Blvd Ste 420Columbia, SC 29203

(803) 365-8670
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14. Dr. Spencer James Jenkins, MD

1520 Taylor St Ste 200Columbia, SC 29201

(803) 509-5710
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15. Jenkins, George, MD

1520 Taylor StColumbia, SC 29201

(803) 509-5710
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16. Dr. Mark Franco, MD

1655 Bernardin AveColumbia, SC 29204

(803) 254-4056
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17. Linda B Vanduys, NP

2739 Laurel St Suite 1-aColumbia, SC 29204

(803) 799-4800
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18. Dr. John J Popp Jr, MD

2739 Laurel StColumbia, SC 29204

(803) 799-4800
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19. University Specialty Clinics

3321 Medical Park RdColumbia, SC 29203

(803) 540-1808
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20. Voss, Tracy, MD

2 Medical Park Rd Ste 501Columbia, SC 29203

(803) 540-1000
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21. Goins Amanda Dawn Do

5 Richland Medical Park DrColumbia, SC 29203

(803) 434-6301
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22. Hawn, Leigh, MD

14 Richland Medical Park Dr Ste 320Columbia, SC 29203

(803) 434-8721
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23. Dr. Robert Kneece, MD

2701 Middleburg DrColumbia, SC 29204

(803) 254-2786
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24. Eau Claire Internal Medicine

4801 Monticello RdColumbia, SC 29203

(803) 754-0151
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25. Plante, Paul A, MD

21 Gateway Corners Park Ste 101Columbia, SC 29203

(803) 865-2122
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26. Jaiprakash N Patel MD

21 Gateway Corners Park Ste 101Columbia, SC 29203

(803) 865-2122
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27. Peterson & Plante Internal Medicine Associates

21 Gateway Corners ParkColumbia, SC 29203

(803) 865-2122
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28. Midlands Internal Medicine

115 Blarney Dr Ste 108Columbia, SC 29223

(803) 462-9200
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29. Modesto, Maria, MD

114 Gateway Corporate Blvd Ste 330Columbia, SC 29203

(803) 788-2277
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30. Hooks, G Sturart MD

21 Gateway Corners ParkColumbia, SC 29203

(803) 865-2122
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Providence Family Practice LLC
Antonio C. rated

The last 2 visits I had the was no medical doctor available to see me. The only choice I had was to be seen by nurse practicianer. I took almost 9 mths. to for the billing for blood work done finally resolved. My billing was over 9 mths. late then they wanted payment in full when a new outfit took over the practice & Providence Healthcare. They are very unorganized & their billing dept. is a mess.

Desai, Nehal T, MD
John D. rated

Doctors are wonderful. However, it is virtually impossible to get through the front staff or have a staff member help by phone.Its a total nightmare

Providence Internal Medicine Downtown
Tasha D. rated

Dr. Davis is a great doctor and I trust her medical opinion and she is always on top of everything with me. The only complaint that I have is that the wait times are extremely too long. I really wish that they would make changes to that soon because you have to wait long in the waiting room to be called back and then wait long in the room for the doctor once your in the room. I feel that needs to be a focus that they should make changes on.

Columbia Medical Group
savvykathy rated

My husband and I both had appointments with this doctor (Dr. Moore-Bowens). She took more time with him. She put his Rx's in herself. When it came to my appointment I waited over an hour to be seen and things seemed rushed during the appointment. I did go over my Rx's with her, but she said Amy would put them in that afternoon. Amy said they would be in by 5 PM that evening. Several days went by and my local and mail-order pharmacies still did not have the Rx’s in process. I called and left multiple messages. No human would call me back until I left a message for the office manager. Then Tiffany called and said it could take a week to put them in. I went over 6 Rx’s with her and specified number, dosage, and noted some to be written for brand name only. She waited another day or so to put them in to a local pharmacy. I ended up with three miss-written Rx's. One substance I was allergic to, two were written for generic instead of name brand, and one was for 6 pills instead of 12. Then they wrote an Rx for refills for a nebulizer (which I don't own) instead of an albuteral inhaler. The pharmacy made me keep this last Rx, since the package was open, being I thought I was opening my inhaler. I refused some of the other Rx's and they changed the one I was allergic to. I called to complain to the Office Manager again. He said Amy would call me early that day (It was 9 AM). She called when I was on the phone at 4:25 PM and left the message that I must call her back by 4:30 PM. Passive Aggressive, Incompetent Behavior. This, coming from a woman who was afraid to take blood from my husband and me during our appointments. I ended up with multiple wounds on both arms. She called two coworkers who she called the big dog and the heifer to take my blood. I had insisted on a butterfly, but they tore me up trying other means first. We are cancelling all future appointments!!!! There is no professionalism.

Did You Know?

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.

Different Types of Physicians

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:

General Practitioner
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.

Cardiologist
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.

Dentist
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.

Dermatologist
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.

ENT
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.

OB/GYN
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.

Choosing a Physician

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.

Choosing a Surgeon

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

Compatibility Factor
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.

Expertise Level
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.

Understanding Your Insurance

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.

Setting Your Appointment

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.

Risks

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.

Aftercare

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.

Recovery and Follow-up

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.

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