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11101 N Sherman RdEdgerton, WI 53534
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They're just plain terrible, from nurses not paying attention to you, to the techs not being able to fully perform their job, to the billing department being rude, to their business practices being shady at best...
I would give 'no stars'. I would not recommend this system unless you would like to be defrauded. Long story short I gave this system a second chance after they billed me for services I was told by them and the insurance company were covered.The 'second chance' I made an appointment and told the receptionist I was coming in for preventative care only. I ended up being billed again for the services and told they could not change it as it would be defrauding the insurance company. After talking to them and the insurance company I filed a formal complaint with the insurance commissioners office and was told it was a common problem in which a contract loophole is being exploited. I assume Mercy does this to make more money and avoid paying the contracted rates.
Dr. Pogeralova is a horrible incompetent doctor. She was the original presciber for my Alprazolam. She referred me to a psych doctor to get is back. I have Scoliosis and 5 herniated discs but no doctor will prescibe pain meds. Just because my ex husband is an addict doesn't make me one. I have zero history 9f addiction. I don't go to the er either. I suffer 24/7. Mercy doctors have no compassion. I will be switching to the Dean Healthcare System in December after being a Mercy patient for close to 30 years. Am sick of being treated poorly by them.
My sister was recently admitted to Mercy Hospital due to Mercy Home Health's "state of the art technology" not working. Her cardiologist at UW-Madison did not receive any reports on her condition. Her family was unaware that her doctor did not receive any up-to-date reports of her condition. She also never received her life saving medications. She is lucky to be alive.
The worst health system in rock county. Dr Munns could not care for a child if her own life depended on it. Dr munns will make you think that your child is safe but really she has no ability to do her job. I feel sorry for those who must have her care due to insurance reasons. From her straight to the top (goelzer) you are truly in poor hands that only care about themselves. If you have a choice do not choose Mercy for prenatal care or care of any sort. This hospital is one disaster that will not change without some big management changes.
Here it goes.. Am not going to talk about its facilities , building and smile of a doctor. All i need from Emergency care was treatment to my wife when she was not able to walk, sit, speak since she lost all her energy . Severe diarrhea and vomiting. We waited in registration for 15mins - receptionist asked lot of questions and history . Then a nurse came and asked for same question started with "whats going on? " . She had exclusive questions to my wife when she was not in a situation to speak. Then they took to a room and gave a bed. Another nurse came and she introduced herself that she will take care of my wife today. started with same question "whats going on?" this time i answered all questions. took temperature and BP , gone. After 15mins doctor came , started with same question "whats going on?" , ( i was thinking DONT YOU GUYS READ WHAT ALL THREE OF THEM WROTE SOMEWHERE?? INSTEAD START TREATING.) and i answered , she had exclusive questions to my wife , she managed to answer and said , its paining and am so tired please give me something. She said without the urine and blood routine we cannot do anything . another nurse took her for urine test - have asked the same story it seems. Yet another nurse came for blood sample - asked the same question, this time i went for rescue. then they gave a solution to drink which will create numbness starting from your throat till stomach. (this is a temporary stuff for couple hours). All reports came as nothing. Then doctor came informed about ultra sound person coming in. She came and asked same questions ( this time i cannot save her). Another 30mins report came as nothing. Doctor came and asked us to leave.IS EMERGENCY CARE , FOR US OR FOR DOCTORS ? She is living with pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Doctor said she has prescribed a medicine to stop vomiting and that should be in walgreens nearby hospital within few mins. We waited for hours in walgreens and nothing came. Then we called and checked the Emergency , she said its on the way. USELESS!!! we went back to our home in different state. Diarrhea and pain started again , checked with nearest walgreens , they contacted the base one and said , doctor has not sent any prescription. When contacted ER again, DOCTOR WENT HOME WITHOUT PRESCRIBING TO PHARMACY. Attendent called her mobile and she said she will prescribe - at the night time when she prescribed electronically, that particular store closed and no others can see since a person manually need to enter that in their system.WAS LIKE HELL FOR HER!! NO TREATMENT !! BUT AM SURE INVOICE WILL BE GENERATED FOR THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS . . I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS ER .
My family doctor is a dean doc, so I was excited when I found out they are putting a hospital in Janesville.. I was excited until I had to go to the ER there. My excited died quickly. I had a terrible experience the first, second, & thrid time I went to their ER. There won;'t be a fourth. The Nurses were rude, & the doctor's acted as though they were secure in their jobs. On my first visit, I could hear the doctor, before he ever came into my room, shout out from the nurses station what he thought my diagnosis was. The Second time I went to the ER, the doctor never came into the room.. I waited 2 hours, & watched as they sat out at the nurses station chatting with each other. So I left. The third visit's not worth mentioning, but I will say.. I'll refuse to go that ER for ever. I also found out that Dean Doctor's do not have admitting privileges at St Mary's. If they (Dean Doc's) have a Patient that needs to go inpatient at St Mary's, they have to get a Hospital Doctor to admit said Patient. So If (& its a matter of when) I need to go into the hospital, my Dean Doctor won't be the one admitting me. I won't know the doctor who admits me. So, in a case where (say) my wife can't wake me up in the morning again, & I need to go by ambulance to the hospital, I have made sure my wife knows they will not take me to St Mary's ER. A lot of people in Janesville were happy that St Mary's was putting a hospital here in Janesville because, Mercy needed Competition. Now that St Marys here, they are no competition. And for that, I'm sorry. I'm in the hospital every now & again... but it won't be there.
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.