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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.
5151 N 9th AvePensacola, FL 32504
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.
This place is a joke! Dr Waters cancelled 3 appointments in a row. Sent in his nurse practologist (not authorized by Medicare to treat patients) to ask me 6 pages of questions and then I never did see the actual doctor! Don't waste your time trying to get any help here! I would rate them a ZERO if I could!
Fantastic doctor. He knows what you need based on your symptoms. No long wait time either. Friendly.
Worst primary care doctor we have ever visited. My wife has had migraine headaches for years. Recently they have gotten worse and we were looking for a primary care doctor and a neurologist for help since we are new to the area. She had two appointments with Dr. Williams and the prescriptions did nothing for her headaches. He was suppose to have the neurologist contact us about an appointment but never sent the referral to him. I started calling him on Thursday trying to have him change the prescription for my wife but all I got was he answering machine with a promise to return my call. Nothing. Nothing on the weekend, nothing on Monday after I placed another call, just the answering machine. Finally the receptionist answered the phone at 4:30 on Monday and said we needed to see the neurologist but she would and she finally gave me his number. The neurologist does not accept new patients without a referral and it is Tuesday and he still has not sent the referral. In addition, the neurologist is booked up until January and it is currently November 15. When I called back and told the doctor this the receptionist said we needed to come in a see Dr. Williams again. I told her that she was just in last week and all we needed was an adjustment in her medication. She said to hang on and I did....for 15 minutes when she finally hung up the phone. I immediately called back but got the answering machine again. In my opinion, Dr. Williams will not make a good primary care doctor as he does not seem to care about his patients but only getting more appointments to generate income. His office was not that busy when we went there. Besides, you have to get through the answering machine to speak to someone which may take day. My wife does not complain much about her pain but this has been very hard on both of us. It hurts me so much to look at her in so much pain so this afternoon we will have to visit an urgent care facility and try to get some help.
Dr. Houston and his staff are awesome. They listen to you when you are telling them what's going on with you and your health
I couldn't really rate properly because I was never given the chance to see Dr. Hoffman. I called her office a week ago to see if she would accept myself and my husband as new patients, because after reading her rave reviews we decided we would try her to be our family doctor. The receptionist said she had to ask some interview type questions and then submit them to Dr. Hoffman and she would let me know if Dr. Hoffman deems us worthy to be new patients. Just a few minutes ago the receptionist calls me back and says Dr. Hoffman will not accept my husband and I as patients. I asked was there a reason why and she stated Dr. Hoffman handed her back our application and simply said no. We are in our 30's, not complaining of any problems that pill seekers would. Just high blood pressure and trying to get healthy so we can start a family. So I can't give her 5 stars, or any stars for that matter because she straight up snubbed us. I understand she has the right to refuse patients, but we are honestly good people, good jobs, home owners, and currently on no prescriptions. My husband just said he's glad, he doesn't want to see a doctor who would turn people away for no reason. He'd rather see a doctor that is committed to patients who are wanting to take charge of their health. Not the ones who pick and choose and apparently only accept the elite.
I have been a patient of Dr. Gupta for several years. He is staright forward and treats his patients with respect. This is a busy practice so he is very quick and to the point. If you are in a hurry and need appropriate medical care, then this Dr. Is for you! If you intend on telling him how to do his work then go somewhere else! I take my child to him and would recommend him to anyone! Couldn't be happier with the care I receive! If you dont have insurance it's not going to break the break to go here. Like anything, you have to pay to get service. A+ healthcare provider!
Dr. Orth is the most caring and compassionate doctor I have ever met!He is knowledgeable not only in his field of medicine but also very knowledgeable in other medical fields (which has been more than valuable in referrals). In August 2013, during an endoscopy, he found I had esophageal cancer. While he was on vacation Dr. Orth received my biopsy results. He called me right away to let me know the scary news. He immediately scheduled appointments with an oncologist (Dr. James Watkins), a CAT scan, and an endoscopy/ultrasound, all within three days of my diagnosis. He did all of this while on vacation! Thanks to Dr. Orth I was on chemo within two weeks. He has followed my treatment and guided me to life-saving resources. He is a Doctor who not only offers great skill and knowledge but also offers hope and compassion. I could not imagine going through this ordeal without my favorite Doctor:, Dr. Roger Orth!To say I trust him implicitly is an understatement. Of all the doctors I have seen in the past several months, Dr. Orth is the one who really cares; the one I really trust!I always recommend him to friends and family and thus recommend him to anyone who reads this! Tina M., Foley AL.P.S. His office staff is helpful and friendly and go beyond the call of duty to help in any way they can.
This is the rudest office I have ever been to in my life! The staff is absolutely horrible. I will not ever be going back. The hospital needs to look into this being they are ran by SBH.
Dr. Reed is te best pediatrician I've encountered (out of 5). His office staff is also kind, compassionate and efficient. It is clear that this team cares about kids and isn't just trying to make money. We were here visiting family for the holidays when my 9 month old got ill fast. I began calling pediatricians the morning after Christmas at 8:00 a.m. Three told me they were not taking new patients regardless of the situation (I should add that we have insurance and were paying cash and certainly willing to wait to be worked in). Dr. Reed's staff heard my poor baby in the background on the phone (as did the other offices) and told us to bring him immediately. They took us straight back, tested his oxygen saturation and gave him a breathing treatment for RSV. Thank goodness we found them. We liked Dr. Reed and his staff so much I wish we could take him back to TN! I cannot recommend these folks enough!
Dr. 's are awesome!They saved my life
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.