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Awful staff- deceitful doctor... I wouldn't trust the health of my son there ever again.I was seen by Dr Gomez during my stay at Sacred Heart when I had my son 6 weeks ago. He was the on call pediatrician. We enjoyed dr Gomez, he gad great bedside manner and seemed to really care about out son. We were fooled by this. My son needed a procedure done and we asked to ensure it was covered by insurance. Both dr Gomez and the nurse assured us this would be covered. We then had a conversation with the Dr about seeing him at his practice in Niceville. He Informed us that because we had Florida Blue Select insurance we couldn't be seen there with insurance. We later received a bill from ABC Pediatrics for over $400. It was not only for the procedure that was done in hospital but for each time he came into the room to do the daily examinations. When I called ABC to enquire, I was told that any services given by Dr Gomez in hospital would be charged out of network because I have Florida Blue. I stated that because we went to a hospital who was an in network provider we shouldn't be charged out of network fees. The receptionist disagreed. I explained how we had no control over the pediatrician that was on call, that this is sneaky and morally wrong and the receptionist in billing replied with a very condescending and rude tone, "Well, that may be and sorry you feel that way but there's nothing I can do." I told her I would make sure I got word out about how carelessly and sneakily they ran their practice and she said, "do what you have to do" laughed, then hung up the phone. Any practice that allows their employees to treat patients that way, lies to their patients, and scams their patients is one that should be shut down and not able to handle small children. Who knows what corners they would cut with your child, what unnecessary care they may provide for an extra buck. I never wrote reviews but felt this needed to be out there. I hope I save some unknowing parents the pain of this shady and awful company.
I found him by accident and decided I would give him a try. I was looking for a caring, understanding, compassionate dr that didn' t just write you off. I can say the first time I went to him I was completely amazed! Not only was i in and out quickly but he took time out of his day to sit and listen to me for 15+ mins. Something no other dr I have seen has done. He is very proactive in trying to help you and truly acts like he cares. I can say I will keep him for as long as he is practicing and I will/have referred him to people I know and they as have also came back and told me how much they love him! I am so thankful in this crappy area we finally have someone that is willing to listen! Thank you Dr Motta!
I love Dr.Motta and all the staff at Gateway Medical Clinic.Dr. Motta took time out of his lunch hour last week to get me an emergency opthimolagist appt. Thank You very much Dr.Motta.
Don't go!! Rude receptionists! Doctor is super friendly and patient but missed the mark when diagnosing my children.
It is unfortunate that Diane wrote such a distastful review. I AM the nurse she speaks of and I went above and beyond for her as I did ALL of our patients! Just because she has a state run insurance and was asking for something that was not medically needed. I love my patients, I have been a nurse for 15 years and I am proud to have worked with Dr. Motta for the past year and a half. He is a very knowledgable doctor and he take time with his patients. I made a point of trying to know every patient when they come in the door. I left because I moved to another town, not because as Diane implied I was AWFUL. I would take any of my family to Dr. Motta and Gateway Medical Clinic. Do not listen to "DianeG" She doesnt know what she is talking about. It's funny how some people think they are "owed something" and when they dont get it, it's always someone else's fault.
My name is DianG. i wrote a rather distasteful review of Dr. Motta and one of his staff. I jumped into the river before removing my clothes. In other words i didn't think through my actions,and what they could do! He is a good doctor,and a caring one.I did not know that the insurance i have, made getting referals difficult, which I would have if I had persisted on an answer,by calling the clinic and asking why I hadn't been refered.I appoligized to Doctor Motta today.When i'm wrong, I admit i'm wrong.I also appoligize to the people that read my review, and did not see Dr. Motta because of it. I am not sorry however, for my statements about his nurse. As she is no longer there, I think enough been said. Doctor Motta can stand on his own merits as a doctor. I think we both have a better understanding of each other,though I think it could have been a better course to reach that understanding. My lesson in all of this? Talk to my doctor if I have a problem with him or one of his staff!! Also let them know you before you think they don't care. As patients,our obligations are to let them know how, and what we think about our care. After all, we are all new to each other. I would now recommend Dr. Motta to friends an family. Once again, my deepest appoligies Doctor Motta,i look forward to the future with you!
I was seen by Dr. Motta as a new patient today and he is amazing! He is very understanding, caring, professional, and meets the needs of the patient that fits best. I would send anyone to him. Also, he writes down all of your complaints/symptoms which is really professional because he can refer back to them if need to. Most doctors that I have seen do not care about a patient to go to an extent of organization or provide great care.As a new patient, it didn't take long to get one. The receptionist is very pleasant and nice atmosphere. The office is very sanitary also. If you are looking for a great doctor this is the place to go! -Whitney
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.