Drug Abuse: Symptoms to Look for in a Loved One »
One out of every seven Americans will face a substance addiction. Here are some resources to help you help a loved one, and notice…
Columbia, SC 29201
2739 Laurel St Suite 1-BColumbia, SC 29204
From Business: Columbia Gastroenterology Associates is a group practice that specializes in the treatment of colon, rectum, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder and small inte…
3301 Harden Street ExtColumbia, SC 29203
9570 Two Notch Rd Ste 8Columbia, SC 29223
From Business: We offer major discounts from 30-60% on blood tests ordered by your physician. Our labs are processed by LabCorp or Qwest. If you do not have health insurance you…
One out of every seven Americans will face a substance addiction. Here are some resources to help you help a loved one, and notice…
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.
We needed an ear, nose and throat specialist, but the wait at our HMO was two weeks. What now? An emergency room seemed like overk…
When we first arrived in the Columbia area, our military insurance provider appointed Dr. Yousefian to be our primary care doctor. He is simply the best. I've lived in many locations and come in contact with many, many doctors and yet, for me, Dr. Yousefian stands out as one of the top in his profession. He's kind, empathetic, and a patient listener. Even more importantly, he's proven himself highly dedicated to giving my family the best care possible. The nurses and office staff are also exceptional. I had a medical emergency and not only did the doctor continue to reach out to me until my crisis passed, several in the office did as well. Very impressive. The office staff (and I'm talking every single person I've interacted with...) are the kind of people who run and open the door for you when they see you in pain, work tirelessly with your insurance to get you the appointments you need in the quickest time possible and are ever ready to answer any concerns that you may have. I've even been at the practice very late in the evening and yet they didn't rush me out, giving me all the time I needed to make sure all was in order before I left. (A special "shout out" to Judy who reached out to me many times with kindness and concern during my medical crisis and remained unsatisfied until I got all the tests and appointments I needed in an impressively short amount of time. Also a note of gratitude to the receptionist who recently worked and worked with me and the schedule to get my child, with an ear infection, in to see our doctor on short notice. ) I would also like to point out that it is a large practice so, yes, sometimes I encounter a "phone call overload" and can't get through. I can really empathize with the reviewer becoming frustrated with this, but I've learned to simply wait 15 minutes or so and try again. I'll usually then get through to a friendly and apologetic voice. As a final note, I'd also like to add that it's a bit of a drive for me to get to this practice. I have to drive 40 minutes from my home (sometimes many more depending on traffic) to get there, not by choice but because my doctor shifted offices to this location. Even so, the drive, to me, is worth it because I feel that my children's and my health are in good hands and you really can't put a price on that or weigh it against any minor inconvenience.
I disagree with the previous former 2-year patient of Palmetto Family Med. Yes there have been changes at the office. Several PA's left as they were offered more money at NE Providence Hospital. Money talks when you have a family to take care of. How do I know this? I saw both of them over my 10 years as a patient here? Mr. Patel is gone as he should be if you had seen him. I never logged a complaint, but refused to see him. His bedside manor was less than fair. My reason for not wanting to see him had nothing to do with his heritage. My husband and I have been going to see Dr. Martin for 10 plus years now. Dr. Ditzler, Dr. Martin, and Dr. Coddingham have all been very approachable and very accommodating to my husbands, my adult children’s needs, and mine. Their staff has been compassionate and has returned my calls, filled out extra insurance documents, and even took on my mentally disabled son when no other doctors in the area would. I'm not sure what the other patients complaints were or why, but my 10 plus years at Palmetto Family Medicine has been a very positive experience. Please do not let that one posting deter you from visiting this office. Their hours of operation are work friendly, the waits are minimal, they’re in network with most insurance companies (as mine keeps changing every year) they have an in house lab that prevents you from having to go to multiple locations to complete one physical. Their office is new, clean and state of the art. I all so Love Dr. Coddingham's husband at Blythewood Dentistry. He's a wonderful dentist. I normally do not post comments on YP.com, but lost some numbers in my IPhone and was looking up theirs to add it back in when I noticed the comments. I felt compelled to write my first ever comment to Palmetto Family Medicine after 10 years of service. Sorry it took me so long. I am a Nurse by degree and work in the medical sales industry. Trust me, if this practice was not great, I wouldn’t allow any of my family members to see them. Especially my mentally retarded adult son who sees Dr. Coddingham with out me being there at times. That’s how much I trust them. Cathy
I am rating the practice as pretty good overall. However, management of the practice leaves a lot to be desired. Can't tell you how many times I have called and simply can not get a body, even the operator, to answer a phone call. I tried at 4:25 every extension possible and suddenly got the answering service. One of the most difficult practices I've ever had dealings with in regards to getting someone to answer a call. Their phones are so screwed up that when you opt out to the operator to a "0", you go to dead air and the call just hangs in never never land. Really enjoy the new PA, but simply and absolutely HATE the management of the practice and phone situation. Now that PFM is part of Lexington Medical Center, their billing is even screwed up too. Got a bill for a first time visit and when I got it, i was already in the 31-60 cycle showing I was late. NEVER had seen that charge before and could never get a straight answer as to why I was late on the first bill.
Dr.David E. Koon jr. He is a very nice DR. and is very good he listens to my questions and answers them so i can understand the answer without the big,long medical terms.When i had a cyst, trigger thumb he took care of it. He gave me 2 choices i can have done 1 a shot in the thumb 2 times or have it taken it out by having Surgery i choose option #2 because my family DR tried the shot and it did not work. He is a young DR.with good manners except when it was time to have my Surgery i looked at him and thought oh no this tiger is going to have a Gamecock under the knife today ha ha . He is a very nice,good Dr i would tell my friends,family if they need a good ORTHOPEDIC Physican/Surgeon he,s the best in my book.
Not perfect, but nowhere near these other reviews. I've almost always received a call back the same day. I've always been able to get a same day appointment. Dr. Nunnery and his nurse Aimee are excellent. I've also never had any issues with the front staff either. I've had x-rays done, lab work done, and an ultrasound done. In all aspects, I was treated with professionalism and kindness. We have had a few issues with refills pre-authorized but with as strict as Big Pharma and the Insurance Companies are getting about meds, I can understand. As long as Dr. Nunnery and Aimee stay the same, I'll continue being a satisfied patient.
I just had surgery here the other day, they took me right in. I was in the waiting room maybe 10 minutes. The nurses were extremely polite and nice. And I am the biggest baby when it comes to needles and they were so considerate of that. They walked me through everything (distracted me when needed!) and explained absolutely everything without making me feel....stupid. If I ever had to have surgery again (which is hopefully never) I would come here. They're so much less expensive than the other places I priced as well. All in all, great service
I have been a patient of Dr. Fishman's at St. Andrews Medical Associates for several years. I have never had better medical care than what I get there. Dr. Fishman and his staff are caring and compassionate and go above and beyond to care for their patients. Regardless of your appointment time, there is usually a long wait to be seen. For me personally it is always worth the wait because I know Dr. Fishman is caring for his patients and will treat me with that same caring and understanding once he gets to me.
I am a military spouse, and all of you that are know how hard it is to find a real good Dr. Dr.Altieri is a wonderful Dr, my son and I have been going to him for a few years now. He takes the time to talk to you and usually he can figure out any thing that may be going on. He helped my son very much with his sleeping issues and allergies. He has been dead on with pretty much all my issues. It's a wonderful Clinic and they do take Tricare Standard, so if you want a great Dr please call them.
The Dr I see here is wonderful if I can get an apt. The staff is little to be desired..no call backs..waited 4 months on a referral, you will be put on hold while the receptionist finishes her personal conversation..got tired of having to call office manager to get any results...I have a medical condition that has to be followed no support here...do not expect great things once you leave the exam room. It is a shame that the Dr is as effective as his staff allows him.
Dr. Fishman is all right. He has helped a lot of people over the years. Experience is good. He seems to be more hemmed in since the new health care law, and in my opinion does not talk as freely. His assistant Tammy is as mean as the dickens and a control freak. You cannot tell her one thing. If Dr. Fishman tells you he wants this done, she changes it as if she is the doctor. She talks to a person like they are dirt. Can hardly stand going in there because of her.
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.