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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.
2901 Montopolis DrAustin, TX 78741
This s the old location of the Austin VA Out-PT Clinic. It has moved to 7900 Metropolis in South Austin!!!
7901 Metropolis DrAustin, TX 78744
I have reached to this facility for love, and I think the way I have been dealt should be considered well above any benchmark that could be conceived for calibrating people who care! Thank you, Dr. Ho, Monica, Andy, Patrons, and countless others. .
950 Westbank Dr Ste 104West Lake Hills, TX 78746
From Business: Neuro Outcomes is a comprehensive treatment facility that provides individualized assessments, treatment plans, structured rehabilitation programs, and family/community/school liaisons to optimize functional outcomes including academic placement and accommodations. Neuro Outcomes specializes in ADHD, learning difficulties,…
9900 S Interstate 35Austin, TX 78748
I took my son for a bug bite on 9.29.2016. They had the longest wait time once they sent us back. They required payment up front and to top it off we started to be concerned that it was close to closing time and it was an eternity to have them come to examine his bite. I would not recommend this…
1301 W 38th St Ste 102Austin, TX 78705
From Business: If you suffer from pain in your joints, muscles, or tendons due to an injury or medical condition, then simple day-to-day activities, like walking or playing with your children, can be difficult. And it's almost impossible to play sports or lead an active healthy life. ARC orthopedists can help. Our orthopedists can provid…
11111 Research BlvdAustin, TX 78759
Dr. Kravitz has saved my mom's life a few times. Even in the most hectic of times, he makes you feel as if he has all the time you need. His diagnostic skills are fantastic. I have seen him pull out medical books and the computer to find out what is wrong. He has seen mom through many diffic…
1305 Wonder World DrSan Marcos, TX 78666
From Business: About CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Centers are state-of-the-art outpatient surgery centers with excellent surgeons and highly qualified staff. Our Centers are accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Outpatient surgery is often a minor procedure that does not require a ho…
901 W Ben White BlvdAustin, TX 78704
I truly do not know why this hospital has bad reviews. The facility was amazing, as was the nurses and doctors. They saved my life and I could not ask for a better place to be if you have to be in a hospital.
244 Creekside XingNew Braunfels, TX 78130
From Business: The extensive medical staff, numerous primary and specialty health clinics and community outreach services offered by CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System highlight our devotion to the South Texas area. Founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, CHRISTUS is the only Catholic faith-based, non-profit healt…
6836 Fm 2244 Rd Ste 112Austin, TX 78746
From Business: Locally owned, VIK Medical has served Austin area residents for over 10 years. On-site lab, digital xray, allergy testing, testosterone replacement, screening for sleep apnea are just a few of the services we offer. Area specialists visit weekly for patient convenience.
1005 E 32nd StAustin, TX 78705
From Business: St. David’s HealthCare provides emergency care to more than a quarter million people each year.
919 E 32nd StAustin, TX 78705
The Cafeteria at St. David's has great food!! The people working at the food stations are always helpful & polite. The only complain I have which has become a big issue is: There are 3 cashiers that are always rude. One of the cashiers name is Shirley and she is mean and over charges customers. …
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 staff was incredible! Very friendly, very efficient and most of all very caring! Even in the midst of this flu epidemic both Laura and Beth took time to answer all my questions and conerns. I would definitely recommend them highly!
This was my first visit with Dr Valla, and I needed a primary physician who can monitor a host of medical conditions. I found her to be alert and professional and well aware that her recommendations were important in assuring the best of care for me. I know if I have a question, she'd be capable of getting the right answer for me. Looking forward to seeing her for my semi-annual reviews.
I will never come back, nor will I ever recommend this facility. The doctor diagnosed me wrong. I was told to go to another doctor and have tests. I paid the amount that was told to me at the front desk as soon as I left. I made it clear to the doctor I did not want him to run further tests if he didn't know what was wrong and was only able to give me a guess of what was wrong. He ran further tests anyway, and I was sent a bill in the mail weeks after I came in. I talked to one of the front desk girls and was told I had to deal with the lab rather than them, the people who billed out the statement. If you want a proper diagnosis and no surprise bills I would recommend looking elsewhere.
I wish I could give this doctor 0 stars and I wish he did not have his nursing staff and college friends reading fake 5 star reviews on Yelp everyone I have spoke to you about him since seeing him leaves me to believe bet it can only be his friends and family writing those good reviews. I was told that Ibetter schedule and submit to injection in my shoulder if I wanted any more medicine. This thing is I was seeing him for my hip my shoulder was fine. I had already shown in my medical history that hip injections do not work for me so he just randomly chose another body part. Stay away from this injection happy monster money machine
I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS OFFICE. THEY COLLECT THE COPAY FOR VISITS UP FRONT AND THEN DO NOT PERFORM THE SERVICE NEEDED EVEN AFTER CALLING AND BEING TOLD THAT THEY CAN PERFORM THE SERVICE THAT IS NEEDED. IF YOU CANNOT PERFORM A SERVICE FOR A PATIENT WHY DON'T YOU REIMBURSE FOR THE COPAY YOU HAD THEM PAY UP FRONT BEFORE CHANGING YOUR MIND AND SAYING YOU CANT DO ANYTHING FOR THEM, WILL NOT GO BACK TO THIS OFFICE, THEY ARE OUT TO GET $$$
This Urgent Care Clinic is amazing! If they treated patients full time I would get all of mine, and my families care here. They really go above and beyond to have a short wait time, excellent patient care, and the staff is very caring. I also like that they call you the next day to see how you are doing. I cannot say enough good things about this clinic!
Be aware that even though the name says "Urgent Care" they will charge you emergency room prices because they have emergency room technicians. No equipment to handle emergencies, but technicians.Went there with my son and was told I needed to take him to Dell Children's after they took his temp and weighed him. Still charged me for an emergency room visit, and then sent me to a real emergency room so I could pay again.I find this very dishonest. Can get the same "emergency" service at the clinic in the HEB next door for a LOT less.
I needed a Doctor Sunday morning April 7,2013. I was coughing non-stop. I received a breathing treatment and meds that stopped my coughing. To be on the safe side a got a chest x-ray in the office to be sure it was not more serious. They made me a copy of the x-ray to take to my pulmonologist. I planning to try an allergy preventive, so this will not happen again. I was seen within 20 minutes of arrival. I would highly recommend this clinic. There was a Doctor,a Nurse Practitioner,and other office personnel on duty Sunday morning.
I have struggled with my weight for over twenty years. I don't like to exercise and I would rather a Coke than water any day. I tried Leslie's Weight Loss mediation CDs and it has been a wonder. I feel driven to take that hour walk every afternoon, I drink up to 96 ozs of water daily because I feel driven to do that as well. I make better choices and have more self control when it comes to a cheeseburger for dinner or a protein shake. I listen to it every night as I go to bed. Not only does it relax me; and helps me sleep but it has made me more driven to do things I have previously found almost impossible to stick to. I have been using it for about two months and recommend it to anyone that wants to lose weight, sleep better or be more health conscious. Thank you Leslie for recommending something that is making all the difference in my life. I have lost over twenty pounds in sixty five days.
If you go to this location, make sure it is during the day!! I needed care Tuesday AM for asthma (myslf)! The nurses, doctor, staff were "EXCEPTIONAL"! Since I had such a positive experience earlier this week, I took my granddaughter this evening for an ear infection. She came in from playing saying her ear hurt. As the caregiver for the weekend (parents out of town for 3 days) I wanted anti biotics ASAP. I grabbed her and her 2 friends (all barefoot) and rushed to the care center before the 7 PM closing. The nurse on duty greeted her by saying, "Where are your shoes!" The attitude did not get any better even tho I explained why we were rushing to get there. Clearly she did not realize I could have made a left turn, instead of a right, and gone to the ER the same distance away. Let me tell you, NURSE MAUREEN, I will turn around and leave before I will allow you to tend to my needs OR anyone I happen to bring to Urgent Care next to HEB! Sorry you were inconvenienced...BUT I am sure your salary is compensating for an ill child!
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.