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We needed an ear, nose and throat specialist, but the wait at our HMO was two weeks. What now? An emergency room seemed like overk…
I used to think very highly of BH, but on several recent visits as a patient I noticed that the level of care and professionalism had dropped off significantly. Do not bring drugs from home or have your doctor over order drugs for you while there. The nurses stole two vials of insulin from me while I was a patient at the hospital.
Office staff is rude and Dr Chaney is rude with no bedside manner. She does not stand by code of ethics and violates HIPPA.
If I could say anything good about this practice it would be Dr Kenneth Yung and this review is in no way related to the care he provided. He has been my children's pediatrician since they were infants. Dr Chaney saw my oldest from birth until she diagnosed him with a stomach bug and told me to give him just pedialite for the next several days and he developed what Dr Yung called Starvation stools. I then never saw her again because I didn't trust her care. We had no problems until about a year ago when the front office staff only started having an attitude with everything and it was concentrated to a woman named MIA. I understand the rules of prescribing controlled substances having worked in healthcare since 2000. I would call in the prescription request giving enough time for the day it needed to be picked up and often told she lost it or couldn't take it over the phone. I talked to the office manager and he said he would address it and if I had any problems to call him on his cell next time. I called in the RX and was told there was a policy change and it couldn't be called in but you had to now show up and request it and wait on it which was fine. I got there the following day and was asked if I called it in and I told them what I was told. They had me wait 20 minutes on my lunch break then came out smiling and said you have to talk to Dr Chaney when she is finished with patients. I said I see Dr Yung and they said not today you don't. So Dr Chaney called me into a room and said I understand you have an issue with the staff giving you attitude and being difficult and I said yes and she said well this is a private practice and you're welcome to leave it. I knew what she was telling me and I said I would think You would want to keep a patient and address the staff and she said yes I can fire staff and I can fire a patient. I said we see Dr Yung and she said yes he works for ME. This is MY practice and this is MY staff and I control it. If you want your children to continue to see Dr Yung I would suggest you coming in and ignoring any attitude because your priority should be your kids and their doctor right?! I was appalled at what she was telling me. I had no way to talk to our physician of 14 years just this woman who was hell bent on putting me in the place she thought I belonged. I could continue to go there but I won't allow her or her practice to disrespect me or my children. I sought a new pediatrician and we are waiting here now to see the new doctor at Merit health pediatrics. When the lady called them about medical records not received she said wow the receptionist is rude and I knew already. The nurse then called to see if she could get records today and said they were very ugly and said no it takes atleast 2 weeks. The doctor here was involved in the conversation and suggested I go by to pick them up and I explained the situation and she said she could tell on the phone as well. Clearly there is an issue with the attitude and Dr Chaney would rather be ugly to the parent of patients than address with her staff. I was greeted warmly here at Merit Health Pediatrics and although we will miss Dr Yung terribly this was a necessary move.
I had a hypoparathroidectomy. Dr. Amanda Reagan Schiefer was my Endocrinologist. She diagnosed me with hypoparathyroidism and recommended surgery. She explained everything to me, in detail, about the surgery and what to expect afterwards. In my opinion, Dr. Schiefer is an excellent doctor and I would highly recommend her to anyone having thyroid problems.
My experience with this clinic was great! They offer injections to help with your pain and don't just push pills like some clinics. My last clinic had me on so much medication I was tired all the time. They also did some injections that didn't work. The injections that I received from Dr. Marshall have really helped my pain and I have been able to stop some of my meds. I have more energy and don't feel drugged. I highly recommend this clinic if you are serious about controlling your pain.
Second cataract surgery--I arrived at the hospital at 10:30am, for second cataract surgery. Sat in the waiting room until 4:00pm, then went back and it took 2 more hours until the procedure was done. Left the place at almost 7:00pm. The IV they put in earlier started to hurt while I was under the laser, so they had to pull me out and redo the lV and then I was awake too long while they did procedure----worse hospital experience I ever had! Was so sick afterwards--from not eating or drinking all day long. The hospital gave $25 VISA gift cards for dinner to all the patients because it was so bad. I would NEVER recommend Jacksoneye (Mitchell Jackson) to anyone. The nurses had been on duty since 5:00am and did not get to leave until after 7:00pm--and were angry also. The director of the hospital came by and apologized to everyone. She also said that they would not allow him to schedule 40 cataract operations--ever again! They had to call in extra nurses just to finish our group! It's bad when greed becomes more important than the safety and welfare of the patients.
Won't return phone calls. Prescription was sent to wrong pharmacy. It's been two days and I have no medicine
If you have chronic pain this not the place for you. Dr Marshall nice lady but they do not understand pain at all. 6 months I'm worse off than when I started. You regular Dr can help you as much or more for chronic pain. Had 5 major surgeries on spine,this place simply don't understand 24/7 pain. Wouldn't recommend to people that live daily with extreme pain. Short term pain issues they could help seems that's what they are set up for. Major pain issues highly recommend a place that specializes in chronic pain.
This rating is directed mainly toward John the Nursing Assistant who displays a lack of professionalism when communicating with patients treated at this facility. Several telephone messages were left for return calls regarding my Mother's prognosis relating to her kidney lab results. He was not aware of the test dates and failed to inform that my Mother required further treatment from a kidney specialist due to abnormal lab results. I explained that we should have been contacted based on these concerns particularly after 5 phone calls since October. He firmly and disrespectfully asked "are you talking to me?! And then slammed the phone to disconnect. I called back and asked that Dr. Treadwell call back based on his conduct or further action would be taken. This is the third time that no return calls were made per my request. I have filed a complaint with the State Board as well as the board of ethics regarding John's unacceptable behavior toward his patients. The Nurse prior to John's service was more appreciated.
The people who are writing these negative reviews have to be the drug seekers or people who are discharged from the clinic for breaking the rules of their pain contract. They are very strict in terms of their policies, but are very compassionate. I have seen Dr. Marshall and NP Kim. Both are very kind and understanding. They listen to you and adjust your care based on your needs. They treat you like a person not a number. The last pain clinic that I went to gave me too much medicine and I was sleepy and tired all of the time. My treatment here was modified and I have felt better that I have in years. Most people only post reviews when they have something to complain about. I guarantee you that all of the negative reviews here are from discharged patients. I decided to post because after reading these comments they don't reflect the excellent care you will receive from this clinic, and I would highly recommend this clinic to anyone. I have been a patient since 2013. I have referred several friends and church members to this clinic. All are still patients and happy with their care because they do the right thing, follow the rules, and are legimiate patients.
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.