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2889 10th Ave NPalm Springs, FL 33461
From Business: Visual Health has served Palm Beach County for over 50 years and has maintained the same location since 1982. Providing all sub-specialties of ophthalmology and a…
180 John F Kennedy DrLake Worth, FL 33462
From Business: About Us: The Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County (OCPBC) welcomes you and is proud to have served the community for over 60 years with the finest orthopedic a…
PATIENTS BEWARE!It is a new low for the positive reviews about Dr. Krost. On another site, an employee of Dr. Krost posted a review in an attempt to discredit my negative review. The reviewer falsely stated that I was turned away for seeking pain medication. I was seen by Dr. Krost for a one-time independent medical exam, as assigned by my insurance company. No drugs are ever prescribed at an IME. The purpose of my visit was for the exam only and had nothing to do with prescribing medications. The employee also falsely stated that I am the same person as another negative reviewer called Leslie B. Leslie B is an entirely different person.Apparently, there are many people who are not pleased with the poor care they received from Dr. Krost. The likely solicited positive reviewers and their attempts to bury the negative reviews will not succeed. If Dr. Krost continues to treat people poorly, the real patients who've had real negative experiences will continue to write about them, as is their right. Dr. Krost's employee on PR.Business is lying about me. She was not there when I saw the doctor, so she cannot speak for my experience.Dr. Krost and his likely solicited positive reviewers' unethical actions are an attempt to hide the truth about Dr. Krost's bad reputation and his abhorrent conduct in the exam room. The fact that so many fishy reviews have gone up recently just serves as evidence that Dr. Krost has probably contracted these positive reviews and is desperate to hide the ugly truth about himself. You can try to put garbage up on a pedestal, but at the end of the day...it's still garbage...and garbage stinks.Do not trust the positive reviews!If you have been assigned to see him for an independent medical exam, don't! You have a right to request another doctor. Dr. Stuart B. Krost is all about the money!Dr. Krost's report on me is biased. Dr. Krost made many false claims, along with a multitude of errors and mindful omissions related to my medical care to meet the insurance company's agenda. He ignored the opinions of my other doctors who have all stated that I am physically and totally disabled and unable to work. He has also been found to have produced biased reports in court cases. Those court documents are available online.A doctor who writes biased reports is untethered to truth and is an unethical physician. This arrogant and cruel doctor is a shameful disgrace to modern medicine!During my very rushed exam, Dr. Krost was rude, condescending, and physically abusive. I left in even more pain than I was in when I arrived.Also, as a patient advocate and concerned citizen, I think you should be aware that this doctor has had malpractice claims. Search his name in the MPL Claims category at the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Professional Liability Claims site. It's public info that you have a right to view before making an informed decision. Someone died of sudden death at his previous Lantana Road office in the special procedure room. The procedure rendered that caused the patient's death was an epidural steroid injection.See links.https://apps.fldfs.com/PLCR/Details/MPLClaim.aspx?id=60843https://apps.fldfs.com/PLCR/Details/MPLClaim.aspx?id=60827
Dr. Heller has been just great, I don't know why I didn't get up and find him earlier. I have only been seeing them for just over a month but it has been well worth it. Very happy with my progress and will continue to see him.
I couldn't be happier with the experience I had visiting Dr. Heller, he was very knowledgeable and kind. The office is clean and people were nice too. Definitely would recommend to my friends.
Dr. Krost helped me last tear and I went in for a follow up to his new office in lake Worth. Vivian his office Manager was in the waiting room and was so nice. He has good people working for him and he is a good doctor.
Dr. Krost did a epidural on me and I was so fearful because I was told it is painful. He relaxed me and I want threw it. It did hurt but he was very gentle and I got threw it. It also took all my pain away
Great Doctor. Helped my son with his leg. I would see him again and he came well referred . I did wait a bit but it was worth it
The absolute worst. The staff is domineering and undisciplined. The team asks you what brings you here today even though the staff set the appointment from your previous office visit. The doctor's personality is flat, and his bedside manner is nonexistent. My last visit he spoke to me for two minutes wrote a scrip left the room and never came back. The office is dirty, papers and patients folders out in the open, it's like a bomb went off. Used gauze with blood on it. Quick to steal your money. Frightful
Dr KAZA did an endonoscopy on me to be followed up with two days of radioactive material to do an MRI progress of my stomach. It's going on two weeks and although I have reached out to his office 4 times. Still no response from him or his nurse. Food nor liquid is processing correctly & feeling ill after eating is not normal. So SAD DR DOES NOT CARE.
Dr Bezner is the most prepared Neurologyst. We have gone to his practice for over 7 years to treat my aunts Alzheimer. Thank you Rosita and Dr Bezner for all the help!
Dr Kenneth S Jaffe is the the most self centered money hungry and negligent doctor I have ever seen in all my years! He had me take a bone scan that I did not need but he happened to have the scanner in his office so he could push the bone scan on me! He also prescribed blood pressure medication to me that I was allergic to without checking my records for what my allergies to medications are. This could have killed me if I took them! Thank God the pharmacist caught this before I took the meds! When I complained to Jaffe's office about this they told me that I would have to pay for another doctors visit to discuss this problem with him! When I objected to having to pay again they told me that Dr Jaffe's time is worth money no matter what the problem is! I feel that he is a lowlife thief and his staff is no better! My advice is to NEVER see this doctor EVER! Now you know why!
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.