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3107 W Camp Wisdom Rd Ste 189Dallas, TX 75237
I was a patient at the Endoscopy Center for the first time. I was extremely impressed with the high level of care and attention to detail. Everyone was so nice and very efficient at their jobs. In the future, if I need another procedure, I will request this Center. Thank you for all that you…
5327 N Central Expy Ste 200Dallas, TX 75205
This place is poorly run, has little regards for punctuality, the patient's convenience, or even polite professionalism. Most important, they will not tell you the truth about what is and is not covered by your insurer -- expect them to tell you one thing before the procedure, then to get undis…
2704 N Galloway Ave Ste 102Mesquite, TX 75150
Do not use this place. I was not informed they had a tough time stopping a bleed during a routine colonosopy. I hemorrhaged later that night and was in the ICU for 2 days. They herd you through like cattle.
5500 Greenville Ave Ste 1100Dallas, TX 75206
From Business: Old Town Endoscopy Center, located in Dallas, is an outpatient, endoscopic facility specializing in colorectal cancer screening and the treatment of various digestive diseases. We believe in compassionate medicine where patients feel reassured and unrushed. Our Board Certified gastroenterologists provide high quality care …
701 E Rendon Crowley RdBurleson, TX 76028
I would not recommend this facility or practice. Dr Mukhtar Anees is Muslim and treats his staff as though he is a dictator. He made a rude comment to one of the staff in the procedure room when they were hooking up all the monitors on me. He didn't remember the conversation we had at my consult…
1600 Central Dr Ste 300Bedford, TX 76022
From Business: Endoscopy Center at Central Park, located in Bedford, Texas, offers colorectal cancer screening and treatment of various digestive diseases in an outpatient setting. Our Board Certified gastroenterologists believe in compassionate medicine where patients feel reassured and unrushed. By choosing us, you'll receive high qual…
7640 NE Loop 820 Ste 96North Richland Hills, TX 76180
From Business: North Richland Hills Endoscopy Center is an outpatient, endoscopic facility specializing in colorectal cancer screening and the treatment of various digestive diseases. We believe in compassionate medicine, where patients feel reassured and unrushed. Our Board Certified gastroenterologists provide high quality care in a fr…
3500 Preston Rd Ste 200Plano, TX 75093
From Business: Preston Crossing Endoscopy Center, located in Plano, Texas, is an outpatient, endoscopy facility specializing in colon cancer screening and gastroenterology. Our center provides the best in medical technology and quality, plus efficiency and convenience for the patient and their family. Our mission is to provide coordinate…
6405 W Parker Rd Ste 370Plano, TX 75093
From Business: Texas Endoscopy is a medical facility that provides a range of health care services. It offers diagnosis and therapeutic services for a variety of ailments and disorders. The facility s procedure room features electrocardiogram and oxygen and pulse monitors. Texas Endoscopy offers anesthesiology and pathology services. It …
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.
Before allowed to be seen by the doctor, the office required me to sign a document stating I had read & agreed w/Dr. Iqbal's privacy policies but they couldn't locate the policy nor could they give me a generic HIPPA form. To access online portal, you must agree to a blank consent form that you can't edit. Dr will only see you for 1 issue per appointment (she won't see you for a followup & physical at the same appointment).She will only give you a Rx for a 3 month supply of maintenance medication.Dr wanted unneeded EKG as part of physical; office said they didn't know if insurance covered & would take too long to call & verify (although I had time to call insurance company and verify while waiting before refusing the EKG).When seen by the doctor, she didn't know why I was there and didn't listen to what I had to say. She told me to have my orthopedic doctor send her reports. Told her he had and then she misread them aloud to me. I will NEVER return!!
On October 13, 2015 my daughter and I were verbally attached by the supervisor of the front office at Doctor Yong He’s office located at 1001 Robbie Mince Way, Desoto, TX 75115. We came to file a complaint with the office manager about the rude person who does the insurance verification for his office. Before I could finish talking with the office manager he told me to hold on and went to the back. We then were told that the office supervisor (I think her name was Tiffany) would be speaking with us. We waited about 30 minutes and I got up and asked when she would be speaking with us, I was told that she is tied up right now and would get to us in a minute. After 10 more minutes I again approached the window and asked at this time I was told in a she was on the phone. About 5 minutes later she calls my daughter and I to the window (I’m assuming that she was waiting for the doctor and manager to leave before she spoke with us since it was close to closing time). She started off by saying that my daughter’s PCP will be finding a new Neurologist for her to see. I then told her that I still wanted to file an complaint against the lady that was very rude to me and my daughter. She then became very confrontational towards us and said,”that’s not how we heard it”, we were told that it was you two who were rude and abusive.” I said that that’s not true and started explaining the events of the prior day to her all along she was shaking her head as if she was saying no as if we were lying so something. She started interrupting me as I was explaining, my daughter told me not to bother because they apparently are going to believe the lady over use. My daughter also said that she act as if they are prejudice because they didn’t act like this with any of the white patients that came in the office not even the one that had an issue with insurance. I told my daughter that they must think they are able to talk to the people that uses the marketplace as if they are nothing. At that point the supervisor started getting loud with my daughter and acting as if she needed to take bipolar medications. She even went so far as to come from around the back and got in our faces as if she was trying to provoke us in some way ( But I have self control and so does my daughter- that comes from good home training, which is something I’m sure she knows nothing about). I still was trying to defuse the situation but she kept trying to engage confrontationally with my daughter. Then she went back behind the glass. I then asked that she give us the test results that the PCP had sent directly to that office so we could take them elsewhere. She refused and came back around in front of us (trying to provoke a response from us because she could have closed the window from her end) and closed the glass. Right before she went back to the back, she again attempted to provoke my daughter by verbally lashing out at her and told my daughter and I, that she was calling the police on us. I then asked her for what reason, because she is the one that engaged us with adversity. My daughter said let her call them because there are cameras here and they will see that we weren’t the one acting a fool. I then said true because I recorded the entire conversation on my phone anyway. At that point I stopped recording and sent a text to my lawyer to call me as soon as possible. She acted as if she was calling the police and we waited because we wanted a copy of the test so that we can take them to another doctor. She refused to give them to us and said that our PCP will have to request it because my daughter is not a patient of theirs. We waited about 10 mins and I told my daughter its apparent that the ignorant person didn’t call and won’t give it to us. I told her that we will just have to go back to where the tests were done and we left.
Dr Meyer is very professional and straight forward! I highly recommend him! Best docotor��������
I have had 2 recent appointments with Dr johnson.First, the exam rooms are in need of repairs.the counter tops are missing counter trims or trim is taped with scotch tape. Dependant on which exam room you r put in, you will hear loud Barber Shop talk/cursing too. Walls dirty and need painting.. residential dressing mirror on exam room door dirty. No follow thru on test results nor messages that I left unless I call them 2 or 3 times..Care and concern unacceptable...
I can't believe how Dr. Myer talked to me today! He's SO unprofessional and RUDE!!!! I'm not going back to him!!!! He told me that I will NEVER lose weight! HIS ATTITUDE TOWARDS ME WAS VERY HATEFUL AND VERY RUDE!!! People stay away from this DR! HE'S AWEFUL!!!!!!
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.