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I would highly recommend Dr. Shilpesh Patel for your internist and cardiologist. He is one of the few doctors who practices both specialties so I can use him for my primary care and also for my cardiologist. He saved my life 10 years ago when I was having a heart attack. And now he is treating my diabetes , my high cholesterol, my high blood pressure, my arthritis and even my anxiety. I feel blessed to have him as my doctor and have never felt better about my health.
Dr. S Patel is the smartest physician that I have found. He trained at Johns Hopkins and Harvard and really knows his stuff. He takes time to explain my conditions and never seems in a rush. I feel he has improved my health immensely and gave me more years to live. You can’t ask for more from your doctor.
Dr. Shilpesh Patel is one of the best physicians I have ever come across. I had very difficult to control diabetes and high blood pressure that several other doctors could not control properly. Dr. S Patel had my conditions under excellent control within a matter of 3 months. He explains things very well and truly cares about my well being. He is the “go-to-doctor” in the region for patients with difficult and challenging medical problems.
Overpriced visits, 200.00 for 20 min consultation then forces you to get 170.00 drug test or refuses to write you a prescription. Avoid this place at all cost.
I had a conflict with the front desk woman because she told me not to have an attitude with her because someone gave me an appointment with Dr. Hatchel but told me it was with Dr. Pope...and then stared me down. I was frustrated, yet respectful. Upon leaving under her stare, I told her that the reason for my attitude was because of her stare..and to have a beautiful day. She yelled at me a few things as the office manager had her calm down, but my favorite was, "She needs to be removed from this practice." IN FRONT OF ALL THE PAITIENTS. I talked to the office manager twice with my frustraton and said that I would like to hear from my doctor of 8 years, and that I would be leaving the practice because I could not agsin face that woman at the counter.Today, my family of 5 has been removed from their practice...with no signature! Can someone explain why my adult daughter must find another doctor? Or my husband? Are the 17 and 12 year old at fault for me refusing to be disrespected?
Well, I know you shouldn’t write reviews when you’re angry but I’ll consider this an exception since a nice Doctor decided to lie to us. Doctors are the last people you’d think would lie. I'm Ruben's son and I went to the clinic with him so that I could translate from Spanish to English and vise-versa.I want to point out that the two ladies I spoke to at the front office were very nice. I don’t know their names but one was White and one was African-American. I’d specially like to give a thanks to one of them for being so honest with me when we were leaving. You’ll find out why later in this review. If I could rate just the two of them both I would give them 5 out of 5 stars.Here’s our epic saga and how it occurred.At 3:00PM we came in since my dad is a new patient, we were supposed to get there at 3:15PM but didn’t know how short of a drive it was from our home and thought that worst case scenario, we’ll have to wait until 3:45 which was our appointment time. After filling out 3 forms we gave them to the nice African-American lady and patiently waited. At 3:59PM (yeah, I checked my phone) I go to the front to ask her about setting an extra appointment to have an additional procedure done, and she must’ve been used to people getting impatient so before I could ask her about the appointment she immediately said that there’s 3 patients in front of us. She even went the extra route to talk to the Doctor and actually confirmed that the Doctor only had 1 patient in front of us. This detail becomes crucial as you read on.At around 4:30PM my dad’s weight, blood pressure, etc are taken and we step into a small room. We talk and talk to pass the time (keep in mind our appointment was almost an hour ago) and at around 5:00PM our Doctor (I don’t know his name, but he’s of Asian descent, light skin, short hair) comes in! Finally we both thought… until he mentions that he only has 1 patient left in front of us and he’ll be right with us afterwards. At this point we’ve been in this clinic for 2 hours, our appointment was supposed to be about an hour and a half ago, so instead of wasting more time we decided to cut our losses and leave. We exit the small room and go back to the front office.At the front office the two ladies who are extremely nice listen to me speaking calmly since my dad raised his voice (at no point did he get anywhere near screaming btw, he just raised it a bit to show that he was dissatisfied at the poor service). One of the ladies mentioned that they’re just too busy and that appointment times aren’t kept. This is the part that I appreciate her honesty. She told us that no matter when we made an appointment it would always basically be the same. I can’t say how extremely grateful I am to her honesty because it saved us an additional 2 hours of waiting for nothing. What I’m mad about is two things – I told the one of the ladies that we were told there was only 1 patient in front of us quite a bit ago and she confessed she was only relaying the message from the Doctor. I’ve never had a Doctor lie to me and it was an extremely gut-wrenching/sick feeling to find that out. The second thing is that they’re overbooking patients which in turn makes appointment dates EXTREMELY inaccurate. Once again, I’m very glad the lady was very honest with us and I’m not going to mention which one is which since I know they’ll get reprimanded if the company ends up reading this even though they know they’re the ones at fault.Long story short – The clinic does not care about appointment dates. They just want a list of patients and if they wait over 2 hours like we did, great! If they leave, oh well. We’ve got more patients that we overbooked just in case.
I would not recommend Mackey Family Practice. We recently moved to the area and searched for a family practice through our insurance provider. Our youngest child is underweight. That is the reason we had to find a family practice as soon as we moved to the area. We made an appointment for him. At the appointment they asked who his doctor was where we previously lived. My wife stated that she could not remember the exact name. They named a couple practices in the area. My wife said one of them sounded familiar. Other than that the visit was routine enough. The next day, the Department of Social Services (DSS) shows up at our house investigating us for “neglect.” They request some information about his medical history. We retrieve the records and find the name of the practice he went to. It was not the one Mackey Family Practice had named which sounded familiar. The next day we take our son to a follow up appointment. One of the staff members is overly assertive in how she searched for our sons records and they were not there. We told her of the confusion and how we had to look up the information the previous day due to the visit from DSS. She immediately began acting ashamed and avoiding eye contact. I really believe medical providers should follow up with people about possible misinformation prior to assuming neglect and contacting DSS. Also, the DSS representative suggested we should be taking our children elsewhere as Mackey Family Practice is not suitable for our younger children.
I became a new patient at Shiland in January due to a blood clot in my leg caused by a fractured fibula. The doctor seemed very competent, and I thought I was in good hands. Due to the nature of my issue, I require lab tests every other day until they get me where they want, and they are to follow up with a phone call to give me my dosage info and when to come back next. I constantly played phone tag with them, me always calling them to get the info. They once even 'forgot' to call me back, thank goodness the rock hill location was open and a doctor there was able to give me my results. After giving them the benefit of the doubt, I continued to go for treatment out of convenience, and still dealt with the same inconsistency. My doctor never seemed to be in the office the day after my testing, so other doctors had to look at my results. After receiving a call from another doctors nurse, I was told to stick with my same dosage and he would follow up with my doctor the next day he came in and they would call with further info and when to come in next. My levels were very low, and it's not something to play around with. I called 2 times and left messages, never heard from anyone, and finally spoke with a triage nurse. She read the notes, and advised they would not be calling me as they had already given me my dosage and to come back in a week. I explained that was never told to me and became very frustrated - she just did NOT care. I asked to speak with my doctor, and instead she put the office manager on the phone. He gave me the same excuse and said there was a miscommunication and refused to let me speak with my doctor. I will never step foot in this office again, they simply do not care about their patients. It may be fine for a routine physical or for a cold, but if there is a need for ongoing treatment - BEWARE - they can't get it together.. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE
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.