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Dr Patel is such a great Doctor ,he has been our Physician for 11 Years now, takes his Time to explain your Condition and great professionalism ,any one that need's a good Doctor i would recommend him also his Staff very nice and friendly.Sincerely Brigitte and Luis Figueroa.
At least a 4 hour guaranteed wait every visit. Plan to stay all day. No paper work ever gets completed and sent to the appropriate place even after months of waiting....somehow it is always forgotten. Dr. Agarwal has a positive disposition and appears to be very knowledgeable but everything else about this office besides cleanliness is a thumbs down.
I have been with Dr.Agarwal and her Staff for 14 years. She has excellent attitude, gratitude and humanity which most people do not have. I love the way she respect my feelings. She listens and try to give me the best of her treatment, support to comfort me. I really love Dr.Agarwal. She has been superb has taken care of me through my thick and thin. She is the only one who knew history of my sickness because she took time to read my old records.
Worst doctors office I've ever been to. I've seen fast food restraunts ran more efficiently than this place.
The staff is unfreindly and they worrie.about getting out of work and the service is horrible no hospital will refer anybody to them
Warning: Our family has enjoyed seeing seen Dr. Chin and Dr. Royer at Family Care North in Columbus, GA for several years. The Georgia Department of Corporations lists Dr. Royer as the CEO and Dr. Chin as the CFO and Secretary. The office is sterile and not un-inviting. Financial policies are conspicuously posted informing you payment is expected at the time of service. Well, last week we had back-to-back appointments with Dr. Chin for my wife and our baby boy (the first appointments of the day). The baby is nursed on demand so staying together as a family was important to us. A member of the staff, Darla, took us aside and informed us office policy prohibited me from attending the appointment with my wife. She went on to say only one of us could be present with the baby unless that parent and the doctor agreed on the presence of the second parent. Huh?! This presented several problems for obvious reasons. At a minimum, we are the child’s (married) biological parents, so we have equal rights and interests in our children’s medical care. Plus, as the sole provider for a family of six, I have a vested interest in my wife’s health and she did not object to my presence. We asked Darla for an explanation hoping we could reach a compromise and that this policy was based in some logic which was less than obvious. We even mentioned that just three weeks earlier, we had both attended an appointment with our youngest daughter and there was no mention of this “policy”. We were surprised to discover the doctors do not equip their staff to provide any reasonable explanation. We received nothing other than “I’m sorry, that is our policy.” We asked to speak with Dr. Chin. Darla returned a few moments later and said Dr. Chin was “too busy.” We had back to back appointments at 8:30 and 9:00 so that was a lie. As we were leaving we asked if anyone would call us to offer an explanation. Darla replied “the office manager may call you but I can’t guarantee anything.” We left the office feeling slightly embarrassed, frustrated, and inconvenienced by doctors we felt had been disrespectful to us and who should have behaved as professional health-care providers. Although we understand all businesses have policies, Family Care North should equip their staff to provide the rationale behind policies when less than obvious. We feel we are owed an explanation if not an apology.
I waited 2hrs an there were only 3 other people waiting to be seen the PA seen me 2 minutes an left the problem I came for should have been handled defferntly I was told by another doctor I seen 2days later they do not care for their patients it's all about the money it seems don't waste your time going here you will be greatly disappointed
If you do not have health insurance, stay away from this place. The secretaries at the desk and website claim to accept 'pay out of the pocket' patients, but the physicians working here do not take too kindly that you are planning to do so, and for myself, I've been there more than once; same result. It doesn't matter how pleasant your demeanor is, the physicians are mainly the ones who will snub you. Once they learn you have no insurance and want to pay for service yourself, they do the bare amount of work and make their consultation with you very hasty and most times not even listen, which becomes a waste of your payment for seeing them. One physician even asked me with a look of confusion "Is it because you make too much money that you don't have health insurance?" I was stumped, confused, and embarrassed. I felt that was very disrespectful, because I paid them upfront one hundred dollars and was willing to pay any further costs if need be. However I was able to do so was none of her business and it sounded a little greedy. That physician rushed me from the office and referred me to someone else AND gave me my money back in the process. She even gave me a sheet with the names in Columbus that listed free health clinics for the 'Community'. I did not ask her to do that. I only assumed she did, because she believed I was out of place by coming there with no coverage. The next time I went, I thought to give Acute the benefit of the doubt that maybe my last poor visit was due to that particular physician's disposition. No. The next one was very similar. I was poorly treated. My needs were not fully met. Even as I type this review, my back is still discomforting to me. Not once after being told that I was feeling a lot of pressure where my kidneys are located did the new physician suggest that I get some kind of scan or kidney test. The only thing they did was a urinalysis, the basic, further tell me that my urine was fine and shoot me a prescription for Bactrum, ibuprofen, and some other pill that makes the urine turn dark orange to red. If I'm having discomfort in my kidneys, why would she prescribe me a pill like that that could potentially make things worse? I was very dissatisfied, felt very shunned and looked down upon. Additionally, my one hundred dollars just for a five minute talk was too much money for what I'm deeming malpractice. My boyfriend has health insurance and I visited Acute with him on a couple of occasions for his hypertension. He was treated with the utmost concern, and was encouraged to stay with them for several hours until they could find out what was wrong. They kept giving him medicines, so I think they were simply charging that onto his health insurance company's bill. Me, I had no insurance for them to charge; therefore my visit with the doctor was irrelevant.So again, take it from a person has been three times for myself and another within a year, if you have no health insurance, steer clear of this place. They're biased crooks.
Love this place I lost 7 pounds in the first week on the weight loss program
I love my doc but getting to her is like pulling teeth! These folks never answer the phone, I wonder why they let it ring so many times. Go ahead and transfer me to the machine, I'm headed there anyway! And they are nowhere near the best in returning your calls either. Basically this place sucks until the moment the my doc enters the room with me. There is also a dental clinic and they are a little better at the phone but not much and a mental health side that thankfully I've never had a need to contact.
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.