The January 2017 To-Do List »
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.
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.
first visit. Almost 15pages to answer. About my health, my medications, family tree health, previous doctor, surgeries....etc. Next the doctor policy how to reach me, leave message, text, email...etc. the pharmacy I want, which I have no idea. About how she'll approve my medications for refill or not....etc so many unnecessary verbiages I don't even care about. I forgot what they are anyway.I waited 4hrs and never saw the doctor, they took my vitals and weight, taken to a room waited but there was no doctor.I took my medication and my previous test results and my health condition, all for them to make copies and give them back to me, I was never asked for them anyway. Front office girl took my insurance card and identification to make copies, kept for an hour and said I have to go get my kids from school, so I went to ask her for my cards but she wanted to keep them until she comes back, of course I refused to leave them in case I leave before she comes back. The nurse smells bad and not even a small smile, very rude and useless. Another girl I was told she's a bill person because the other girl left for emergency.George was nice, but I don't know what his job is, took copies of my cards and explained the medications policy and I signed. few minutes he escorted me to the room and closed the door. I thought the doctor would show up but w0 minutes and she didn't so I left. No one in front office tried to stop me or say anything, on my way out I noticed the patients came after me were not there, so I'm assuming they had the doctor sees them before me. They were her regular patients and they said they like her a lot. I've never talked to her or even saw her, so I don't know.I think it would be much better if she gets rid of her front office staff. I think also the overbook her because the office was packed. I'm sorry I didn't get to meet her and I need to find another doctor.
My first time for a eye check up in 15 years ( only 37 years old ) appointment time was at 10:30 AM ( got there at 10:20 am ) approached the front desk told them about my presents ( waiting area had at list 6 others , mainly elders waiting ) they finally got to me about 10:50am asked for my insurance and id cars so i handed to them then i was asked for $250 + $8 copay to be charged on my credit card for no more then 2weeks of time until they can bill my insurance company and refund the $250 back to my card. so i paid and about another 20mins later my name was called / walked in and was told to wait inside with another crowd of elder people (all were complaining). Cut the long story short finally got called in / doctor comes in everything checks out fine ( by the way this doctor walked by his patients without even saying "Hello" ) and so i left. Today is 11/30/17 17days after my visit and " NO REFUND" we called to find out why andwere told they have not have a chance to bill the insurance company but they will in the next 2 weeks then after refund me . when i confronted the lady and said "that's not my problem if your office or employees aren't keeping up , i should get refunded right away ". This lady just got hysterical with me like i just asked for something i shouldn't of. So i called the credit card company and simple dispute this matter and i wanna share this with everyone so that people know what to expect from this office, and by the way say i didn't have a credit card or $250 on me , were they just going to turn me back??? medical office???
The staff (and Rita specifically) are very unprofessional and rude. Horrific scam as an excuse for service, they just want to charge your insurance company as much as they can and try to charge additional tests you never agreed too. Absolutely avoid this place
Dr. James Lim Taw Is great at diagnosis and clearly communicating treatment options. He is on top of your tests and calls you when he gets the results. I have recommended him to several of my friends over the last 5 years.
I've been going to Dr. James Lim Taw for several years. He is great at diagnosis and clearly communicating treatment options - and his recommendation. His professional style and kindness helps when you are talking about difficult choices. His office staff is on top of your treatment plan and setting appointments to accomplish the healing process. I have recommended Dr. Taw to several of my friends.
The best doctor. My whole family goes.I don't know where to start. The doctor and the staff are great. Every time I've gone the office is busy. I don't know how they do it but they see all their appointments and many without. The doctor is very smart, very thorough, and very caring. You could see it in his eyes. He has almost instantly treated me for my fluwith one of his shots. He has been the first and only doctor to treat my child's asthma. I refuse to take him to the ER now.. My neighbor sent me to him for birth control and I got free blood work, a PAP, and a mammogram. He was also the only man I know to solve and treat a weird problem my dad had and probably saved his life.When the doctor opened his glendale office we started coming there when we needed to despite the long drive. This clinic always sees us on time but we don't care he's worth the wait. Besides the doctor is a star he's cute and he is on TV. Once the doctor has an emergeny and was a little late. His staff recommended we wait and we did to avoid an ER visit that never really works out. When the doctor came and talked to us we already felt better. We knew he knew what he was doing and trusted him. On behalf of our family we give you 5 stars because we can't give you 10. He spoils us. Just talking to you makes us feel well.
Best doctor that you can ever find! He cares, he listens, he provides the ultimate care that anyone can ever ask
I took my father in for a biopsy, referred to the office by an Oncologist. I was appalled and in shock. We weren't walking into a drs office, more like a very hostile environment. From the minute we walked in we felt the negativity and toxic environment. Unprofessional conduct, improper care, hostile office staff (especially Maggie), and incompetent practice. Maggie should NEVER be allowed to be around patients. She is a health hazard..Her disrespect, incompetence, and improper treatment towards patients, is Unacceptable! She had my father, who is struggling to walk, sit, and move around, wait 45 mins for her to make 1 simple phone call. In total was at the office for 2.5hrs.After seeing Dr. Mardi Mihranian, he suggested Dr. Chobanian (his wife who shares office space with him), who scheduled a biopsy procedure, which was made for the following wk. On the day of the procedure she never showed up and did NOT call patient to cancel. Waited 3 hrs at hospital (@ hospital 5:30am) only to find out she was not coming and had 'Cancelled' procedure. The hospital was running around trying to see where she was. Never in my life of dealing with physicians, have I experienced such incompetence. Patient recently diagnosed with lymphoma and due to her improper care and unprofessional conduct, patients health declined causing distress and unbearable pain. If she was the last physician on this planet, I would rather die than go to her ever again. I would never allow anyone I know to see her. It's a shame she is in practice. Waiting room was full of patients and all of them were shaking their heads saying 'this is how the office is always"...
I switched OBGYNs after having my two daughter when my last Dr. stopped taking my insurance. I was devastated when this happened and was reluctant to switch. I was referred by a friend and am so pleased to have found Dr. Lantry. She is the real deal, no nonsense, total pro & gets the job done. She's not surgery happy & fairly conservative in her approach. If you want someone who is warm and fuzzy, she's not your gal. But, if you want someone who can treat you medically, with total confidence, look no further.
That's the worst experience I am at they don't respect with Their patient I don't Recomment this doctor
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.