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Awful. No, really awful.Provided terrible care, then improperly billed BC/BS.I spent hours on the phone doing THEIR work to resolve it. Their billing dept was rude and unhelpful -- and I was doing THEIR job to process the claim. They refused to resubmit the claim properly (the only way to resolve it) and instead had their Pikesville lawyer sue me. I am not exaggerating any of this. You're almost better off dying than going to this freak show for medical care.
Horrible place to go to!! First, the front office ladies aren't the nicest. Second, whenever I leave a voicemail, they never call me back to reschedule an appt, so I have to call multiple times to get in touch with someone. Third, they told me I have to come back every 6 months for a checkup to be on birth control. I have been on BC since 2004, and have been to multiple GYN drs. I have NEVER been to one that makes me come back every 6 months. They always make you do your yearly checkup and give you a year supply of BC. Also, I could understand if you had abnormal paps, but I have always had normal paps. On my first pap with this Dr., it was normal. I was about to run out of my 6 month supply, so I made an appt to go to the Dr. to get another 6 month supply. A couple days before my 6 month checkup, I got a call from my pharmacy to pickup my prescription. I cancelled my appt due to work conflict and bc I already got my refill. I went to refill my prescription, and my pharmacy said I have to contact my Dr for another refill. I called, and talked to one of the office ladies. She said they cant send me a prescription bc I missed my 6 month appt. She said she would have to talk to the Dr to send another refill. An assistant called me and told me she would refill the BC if I made an appt to come in since I needed to start a new pack on Sunday, but it is "protocol" to do 6 month checkups. I told her I have been to multiple GYNs and I have NEVER been to the GYN for 6 month checkups. She said sorry it's "protocol" that we have to see you every 6 months. So, I made an appt and she said she would send in the refill to the pharmacy that day which was yesterday. After work yesterday, I called my pharmacy, and they said they never got a refill prescription from my Dr. They have sent multiple requests to my Dr.'s office for the refill. I was busy at work today, so didn't get the chance to call my Dr. I called the pharmacy when I got off work, and they said the same thing once again. They sent more requests to my Dr., but they haven't sent any refills in for me. Of course at this point, my Dr.'s office is already closed until Monday. Now I cant start my BC for another month. To me, this is EXTREMELY UNPROFESSIONAL!!! When you as a healthcare professional say you are going to do something... to do it! I know it is just BC, but there are reasons why I am on BC. I work in the healthcare profession field, and you are suppose to be there for your patients. I have talked to multiple friends/coworkers, researched multiple websites and talked to multiple GYN offices around my area. GUESS WHAT THEY ALL SAID? You shouldn't have to go back for 6 month checkups if you have a normal pap, and you only have to go back once a year (of course if your pap is normal). So where's this "protocol" that this office is talking about? If you ask me, it's a way for this office to get paid more. My friend/coworker went to this office too. She has found another Dr office to go to. When she went to this office, she was diagnosed with a certain syndrome. She told the doctor on the second visit that she was having certain symptoms that were bothering her. The dr suggested they could be from the syndrome, and she could take a medication to help. The Dr. never gave her the medication, and told her to come back in 4 months to see how the new BC was. After multiple visits, she is still not on that medication. Everytime she went to the visit, the Dr. would tell her to come back in 4 months, and we will start you on it. Well she picked a new GYN. Another example of a waste of time and more money in their pocket. When she went to another GYN, she explained the situation and was told that it was pointless if she was put on that medication anyways because it wasn't the right medicine for her. So from my experience and my friend's experience... FIND ANOTHER PLACE!!! Could you imagine if I was having this much trouble as I have above but I was pregnant?? Yeah.. not taking that chance.
He could not have viewed my records prior to my arrival because he had to send his intern to find them. He did not listen to anything I said. He basically told me "Welcome to middle age womanhood and your symptoms aren't interesting enough to pursue further." I'm sorry, but occasional partial face paralysis, occasional incontinence, dizziness and swollen extremities are a part of middle age womanhood?!? I have been to many specialists over the years with no answers. I was finally referred to John Hopkins and was excited, considering their reputation...apparently I can't be helped there either.
Iv been 3 times in a month to see dr stern bec of a abnormal pap smear. Where he told me it could be cancer. So after a week if nothing but anxiety attacks i went for the test. My appointment was at 11 and i didnt go in the back till 12 after the office manager told me "o i fotgot about u. Sorry". Then i waited in the room till 12:45. All while panicking and having anxiety attacks. While the painful experience wasnt fun, the nurse made me feel ashamed because "it doesn't hurt that bad". Then after all of that the test came back negative. So they charged me a ridiculous amount to go though a living hell. I hope no one goes to this doc and finds somewhere that treats you better.
Great, fabulous, love the people here, even the other patients. Always a pleasant experience at this office.
Dr. Daljit S. Sawhney, very uncaring mixes politics with patient care. I would like to warn others about this doctor, Daljit S. Sawhney, so that they do not have an experience like mine. I hope this helps, I told him that I was going to do this, rate him and he said that it means nothing, won't make difference, because he had filled out positive comments himself, and he had members of his family give him good ratings on those websites. He said that he will continue to have his staff, friends and family to give him good ratings and comments pretend to be a patient so that anything I write will be outnumbered. I guess we will find out by the number of "good entry's" after the date I posted mine. Contrary to what he might think everybody is not stupid. I have given this doctor the benefit of the doubt many times. I have been extremely patient with him. He refuses to give me my heart medication because of time per patient. I have a doctors report for ankolosing spondilites, and he refuses to review it. He refuses to look at my report of ehlers danlos. His management of patient records, at least mine, he always looses, then he says in a short conversation on august 19th at 9:30 am that people in other countries have it much worse. With a chuckle he shakes his head and says , "lazy Americans" I tell him, as I have told him many times, I need to be managed, since he is my primary care doctor. When I see him, which I don't anymore, he doesn't seem concerned with my life altering medical problems. This is America, I have payed plenty of taxes, and I take care of my insurance. He slanders me by saying I complain too much. He gets upset with me when I researched my medical problems. My rhumatoligist and other doctors have told me to find another doctor quickly. I have severe problems walking and using my arms. I don't know weather he hates Americans , or if he has a political agenda, I only do know this, my medical problems are severe enough to use a tens unit every single night. I am 46, and my body feels and looks like on the mri's like a 65 year old woman. Today I decided to ask about my medical records, did he receive them, he claims he cant find them. I told him in a civil voice, pleading for help, please, can you manage my care correctly. I've noticed that he never seems to have enough time, not just for me , but for other patients. He gets very upset when you ask questions, and you are trying to get answers. He gives me the impression that he gets upset with me, when during a physical that I'm not responding in the way that he would like. I really don't know what to do, I am in a great deal of pain, I want him to manage me, to help me, but I don't want to do what I think he wants. Please give me an opinion.
I just had a colporrhaphy; cystoscopy; salpingectomy laproscopic (right); salpingo oophorectomy laproscopic (left), hysterectomy total laparoscopic & vaginal sling procedures with Dr. Parshad & Dr. Kim. They are the best surgeons but I wish they would of sent me home with medicine stronger than what I was given when I had my wisdom teeth pulled. 5/325 oxycodone is just not effective for these procedures and I'm in misery now. I called and expressed this the next day the office was open but I was given another Rx which isn't even as effective as aspirin. Please make sure to go over home care pain management before committing to a procedure with Dr. Parshad. I didn't foresee this being an issue when I met him. I really wish we would of had a conversation prior to the procedures.
Warning! Their billing department does not know the difference between a getting a complete physical at your general doctor and later going to the gynocologist for a pap smear. I am fighting a bill because they have listed my gyn visit as a physical and now my insurance company thinks I got two in the same year.. No common sense whatsoever and I have to pay for it???
Ive never complained online about anyone, but he was the rudest doctor ive ever met. I told wrote all my issues down for him, he said he doesnt have all day..i had been there for less than a minute. He told me everyone comes to him with a bag of problems in between doctors..I said no your my new primary, he said yeah sure sure...I said no I plan on coming to you more, he said yeah we will see. He didnt help change my anti depression med or give me anything for my anxiety even though i was shaking and explained im not sleeping because of it. He rushed me out in less than ten minutes and i had waited two and half hours to see him, only for him to not address my issues! DO NOT GO TO THIS DOCTOR!
They treated me fairly when I was being seen. The girl who read my height and vital signs was a little reckless hitting me in the head accidentally but I was already so sick and in so much pain I didn't notice much. The doctor was nice about giving me a small discount because I don't have health insurance. But he just wrote me a prescription for antibiotics and nothing for the pain that had me in tears. I tried calling to speak to the doctor and was told that I just have to suffer until the antibiotics start working. I woke up today feeling worse so I tried calling again to beg for mercy because I can't take the pain anymore and they aren't answering the phone. But when I call from my roommates phone they answer.
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.