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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.
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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.
I have been to hospitals all over the world and have met many physicians (PISAM in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa; International Hospital in France; John's Hopkins, Baltimore, Md, etc). I must say that I am impressed with Dr Robert Buras. He has been informative and positive in our interactions. He is a man of compassion and his concern is very encouraging. I was a little afraid, and he put my husband and I both at ease. His personal demeanor and friendliness is so appreciated. I think he is an excellent doctor and would recommend him to others.
Donna Gamache was directly related to my husbands death. In not only my opinion but the opinion of many doctors who are gastrointestinal field or in the field of Bariatrics. My husband had serious heart issues and a defibrillator. He was obese for several years and had issues with his legs due to a motorcycle accident. Because of his obesity he went to a well known doctor for bariatric surgery. He lost more then half his body weight. This is when we met and saw him become so healthy and handsome. He was doing very well. True until he returned to Dr. Gamache for his leg pain. Dr. Gamache prescribed Ibuprofen 800mg for his leg pain which is unheard of and a medically unsound practice to prescribe to any patient who has had bariatric surgery. My husband developed a severe ulcer which did further damage to his heart. He's heart become grossly enlarged . My husband needed a heart transplant and became a transplant patient at one of the noted hospital's in VA for heart transplants. He died before we could get him on the UNOS list. We had only been married for 14 months and didn't have a chance to lead our lives together. Moreover, after our marriage, Dr. Gamache became my primary physician. I was grief stricken. Was going to grief therapy. However Dr. Gamache's remedy was to prescribe Xanax to so call help my grief and calm my sorrows. I know now this prescription was to shut me up. Not make me think and to possibly make me dependent. By the time I woke up from this trauma of losing the love of my life it was too late to sue her fate-filled practice.. I wish this on no one. She refused to give me, his wife, his medical records to delay any pursuit of justice and her malpractice. What she didn't know it was too late then. I wouldn't have a squirrel seek medical advice from this so call medical doctor. Hence my husbands lost his life and we lost our lives together.
The medical staff at Pratt Medical is very polite and accommodating. We were given proper care and treatment as soon as we arrived in the hospital. By far, it was a great experience for us in a medical center.
Worse than poor. Tammy Leonard and Debra Adams, are not honest people. They charged me for services I did not request. They are horrible people for lying & cheating me out of my money. I told Debra of my medical history as you normally do during a first office visit & she offered me some information. Because I accepted the information, she charged me for that without informing me that I would be charge for speaking with her about a past problem, even though I did NOT ask for the information. DO NOT VISIT!!!
I really only see Dr Voss for a yearly physical. Whenever I do she does not submit to the insurance as a physical just so she can get more money. She will ask you questions then bill it according to something good you may have asked her or talked about. I have a history of headaches I see a neurologist but I have to tell her the medicines I am on. She did not even know any of the meds. Well she billed my physical as a headache apt. I do t see her for headaches at all. She has never done a physical on me. She talks to you and then finds a reason to come back to finish the physical so she can get more money out of you. She has to be the most money hungry doctor a really doesn't seem to know her stuff. Stay far away from her. I only go once a year and she can't even bill that appointment correctly. It feels like she is punishing me for not getting sick and seeing her more often. If I could give zero stars I would
Dr Hamilton is one of, if not the best doctors there is. About 10yrs ago, I was having some major complications after having my 2nd child. After biopsies and other treatment, I was still dealing with the issue. I decided to find a new MD. After working with him at MWH, I chose him among several doctors. His excellent care for his patients was evident. He is no doubt very brilliant and skilled in what he does. Immediately he was able to identify and correct the problem. I have been seeing him for 10 yrs now and have not had to wait no more than 5 mins past my appt time. As a matter of fact, I do not recall him being late. The staff is the best, rooms impeccable. Susie and Peggy have been there for a long time, and do an excellent job in getting you an appt quickly. I just cant say enough of this office. Thank you Dr William Hamilton, for providing excellent service to your clients.
Dr. Hamilton is quite possibly one of the best doctors I have ever been to. From his outstanding office and nursing staff to his ability to make appointments on time almost every time I've been there, his practice is truly top notch. He saw me through a complicated pregnancy with care, respect and good humor. He found my diabetes before my primary care doctor did. I highly recommend Dr. Hamilton!
If you are looking for quality and personalized care, Southpointe Obgyn is the place to go. I have seen Dr. McCarter for my PCOS and she is incredibly knowledgeable. What I like best about her is how straight forward she is with treatment plans, medications, etc. Dr. Hilliard is also really nice as well, though I only saw a few times throughout my pregnancy. The last office visit I had the receptionist let me know that the office was currently under new management, so that is why everything there has been a little crazy. For only having two physicians and two nurses, you are seen very quickly and all of the staff are wonderful. Yes, I have had my appointments rescheduled a few times, but I think people need to remember that this is the nature of OBGYN practices. Babies don't operate on a time schedule! I understand it's annoying to have an appointment rescheduled or canceled at the last minute. But keep this in mind: wouldn't you want your OB to come to the hospital immediately as soon as you were in labor? I love Southpointe OBGYN and will gladly put up with the headache of transitioning as long as Dr. McCarter and Dr. Hilliard continue to work there. I highly recommend them!
Although i hate going to the doctor for anything, Fredericksburg Primary Care has always helped me handle my health very well. Encouraging me to make the necessary changes in my life for a better me.
Dr. King is an awesome and caring doctor. Yes, the wait is long sometimes but well worth the care you get from her - she is like this with all her patients and takes whatever time needed for each one. I recommend her to all my friends and let them know about the wait time and why. Thank you Dr. King for being the awesome and caring doctor that you are - there's not many around that take time with a patient - instead the rush to get you out the room and on to the next patient.
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.