Be careful. We trusted in this facility. Upon arriving with our Boxer Ace we were told he needed surgery. Actually 2 pending another procedure. Before they would even continue ANY treatment, etc pre surgery we were told to leave $3600 deposit. We did. We were called the next day, another $3000+. So long story short, they did do surgery, called with updates telling me how well he was doing, besides a urinary issue, said to be from inflammation from surgery...he was there total of 12 days...when I began to be concerned after seeing that the days were passing, and we were now over $8000, I mentioned to them. Ace was released 2 days later. NEGLECTED, AND SENT HOME TO PASS AWAY. He was in a horrible state. We took him to our vet 24hrs later and I tried contacting GCVS, I begged even in a email to the surgeon, as I was told this was best way to contact...NO RESPONSE TO ME, EVER even still to this day. Please read more about my story on my Yelp review on them. David Welch, he's the one who does all the dirty work of making the pet parents look like idiots when questioned or when a negative review is left on them. THEY LIE, THEY WILL TAKE EVERY DIME YOU HAVE. They covered so much on my babies neglect and lied to cover up the, he said she said...PLEASE be careful and seek a place who truly loves our fur babies. RIP Ace 11-2-2016. They told me he was doing better everyday, only to find he was in a dying state when we picked him up. I am so upset and hope that this review keeps you from thinking twice before using them. They are all about the money and not about our pets. Our , less than truthful surgeon was Dr Hottinger, the "manager" is David Welch, he returns a copy and paste response to everyone leaving a negative review. He will listen to you, you will trust he is looking into the issue, and then he will LIE LIE LIE when responding to what actually happened at their facility. NO COMPASSION FOR OUR FUR BABIES.
364b Fm 1959 RdHouston, TX 77034
From Business: Treating patients with COPD, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, Chronic Asthma, Lung Transplant, Lung Disease, and any breathing disorder diagnosis that may cause a lower quality of life to get back their breath and get back their life! Our pulmonary rehab and physical therapists help patients achieve lifestyle goals to keep o…
After 7 years and 5 different GI doctors, Dr. Lahoti discovered that I had akalasia after just two diagnostic tests. He suggested an excellent surgeon and I can finally live a normal life. The staff at MCH are always polite and helpful. It is also nice not to have to fight traffic in the middle …
1504 Taub LoopHouston, TX 77030
From Business: Dr. Philip Alapat, MD is one of the country's best rated doctors, specializing in critical care medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, and pulmonary disease. MD Alapat currently sees patients in Houston, Texas and Houston, Texas and Coral gables, Florida. Dr. Alapat is a graduate of Texas Tech University School Of Medici…
I took my husband into the ER because he was having pain, fever and urinating blood. We got there at 11:00 am. After an 1hr and 30 min. there were 7 ahead of us. By 4:00 pm there was 4 ahead of us. In the meantime, my husbands pain had escalated and still had fever, they re-checked him and h…
13325 Hargrave RdHouston, TX 77070
From Business: Dr. Muhammad Hanif, MD is one of the top rated doctors in the United States. He specializes in critical care medicine, internal medicine, and pulmonary disease and currently treats patients in Houston, Texas. Dr. Hanif holds a medical degree from Dow Medical College (1983) and is licensed to practice medicine at Texas. Bas…
Our puppy was admitted with a life-threatening illness but was never given the proper care she needed to survive. We paid this facility thousands of dollars for care, and it got us nowhere. The first doctor never started the necessary treatment for some unknown reason, so all the money used to keep her one night was wasted. None of her notes and records were passed along, so the following shift were clueless as to what was going on. The second doctor refused to administer the potentially life saving treatment because she 'didn't think it would help enough and might be a waste of materials'. They sent her home to die.
My husband was referred to the sleep center for heart arrhythmia, not for snoring!! Dealing with appointments and a particular staff member was a nightmare!! At this date, we still do not have cpap. We gave been trying to get appointments, paperwork correctly completed since November of 2014!!!
In Sept. 2011 I had some test done at Bayshore Hospital and apparently he read some of the results. They billed my insurance and never sent me a bill for the remaining $54.00, Yesterday 8/5/14 I was contacted by a debt collector for that money. After 2 1/2 years it is hard for me to go back and see if the insurance paid anything or if I owed anything with out the insurance co. going back in their records. I called them today and they verified they sent me a bill (but to the wrong address) and it was returned so that is the reason I didn't know about it. They had my phone # but never called me. Pretty sad case if you ask me. I called the DEBT COLLECTOR today to make the payment (seriously $54.00 is not enough money to waste my time over) and they want to charge me a fee to make the payment. I called back to the billing department and they won't take my money. They said I have to call the debt collector. This is crazy and this is not the way to do business. I only gave them 1 star because I couldn't post this without at least one star.
Everything from medical care to cost to professionalism was excellent! Only suggestion would be to provide a call before appointment to remind client of the procedure and provide pre-op instructions. We had to call to get this info (no food after 9 pm, no water ater midnight). Everyone was so nice and we really felt like he was in good hands.see original review-http://gcvs.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/everything-from-medical-care-to-cost-to-professionalism-was-excellent/
This as been a great experience for us and for Grey.We really can’t think of anything you could do better. - Rich & Carolyn Nelsonsee original review-http://gcvs.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/this-as-been-a-great-experience-for-us/
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.
Different Types of Physicians
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.
Choosing a Physician
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.
Choosing a Surgeon
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.
Understanding Your Insurance
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.
Setting Your Appointment
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.
Recovery and Follow-up
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.