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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.
They are really slow and have bad service this lesbian short fat female doctor hurt my ear when I went and she is really rude and disrespectful
My doctor moved, so I chose Dr. Montanez. On my first visit, she was so thorough, professional and caring, I left feeling better just being in the office with her. She looked concerned when she examined my foot and immediately insisted I go to the ER. She was worried it might be something serious, and it was. She probably saved my foot. I owe her a debt of gratitude. Dr. Montanez is fantastic.
Unprofessional, uncaring and untrained staff. I was not allowed to actually speak to the doctor as he did not have time to talk to me. Yet he had time to have me sedated and waiting for him to stick needles in my neck. I walked out untreated and as of this posting have not had any response from his office. Please for your own safety and peace of mind FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR!!!!
Terrible. Pressures you for unneeded services. Repeatedly forgets to file insurance paperwork. Constantly rescheduling appointments for their convenience. You can wait 4-5 hours in their waiting room. Stay away.
I have absolutely nothing bad to say about FMC. The waiting time is way above average compared to most of the doctors offices I have been to. The front desk staff are always friendly and professional especially Gary. The nurses are so caring and easy to talk to, they have updated equipment so we aren't sent out for tests and I can't say enough good things about the doctors that have helped me in so many ways. Dr. D absolutely knows what he is doing and I take comfort in that. Dr. Joel G. has always been amazingly understanding and helpful. Dr. Rebecca B will spend what ever time it takes to get to the root of my problem and do what is necessary to help me maintain a quality of life I want so bad. She is genuinely a very good and caring person not to mention a doctor that listens.
He cut my nerve on a L5 S1 fusion and have suffered since. He showed no care or remorse after the fact. He was very unprofessional. I wouldn't recommend him to the birds.
I went in on 10/27. Paid my copay by debit, waited for an hour and a half, to only be told that the doctor was not in. She was still doing rounds. I wish someone called me an hour BEFORE my appointment to tell me the docs won't be available so we need to reschedule you. I came for a different state, the health care is HORRIBLE. I was told that I was not going to be charged, my copay was VOIDED on the receipt. I have been trying to get a hold of Billing since Monday. I think all the lil office girls just sit in the break room. I call AGAIN just pressing 1 to "Schedule an appointment". Amanda who answered the phone puts me on hold, comes back and says "Oh, I was able to find the gal in billing". Does the gal have major diarrhea?? Is her phone on DND? Was she just hanging out talking about her Mexican soap operas??? Cause she should've answered the phone. Amanda continues to tell me that the gal in Billing says there is no record that I paid a copay. I continue to tell her that's not true. I have a bank statement showing my copay taken out on 10/27. Amanda puts me on hold again, comes back to say I can bring in my statement or fax it in. Sorry....please raise your hand if you have a fax machine in your house, exactly. I tell Amanda, I have already taken time out of MY day to wait there to not be seen by the doctor, I have taken time out of MY day to call Billing that NEVER answers their phone, and now you guys want me to take more time out of MY day to drive down there and give you my bank statement. I informed Amanda at this point that they should be accommodating to ME right now after all this. She puts me on hold to look for this so called Office Manager. Irene is in a meeting, of course. Probably with the Billing gal watching soaps doing nails in the back.I hear that in New Mexico everything is MANANA. We are in America, MANANA, is not a thing. Especially when you are in the medical field. You must take care of all patients IMMEDIATELY.
At the allergy clinic: 1. Just because I have medicaid, and I am white this girl when I called on the phone (which they are hard to get a hold of) told me that I was not important, and needed to call back. 2. I had a skin allergy to the high dose shot, which I could not call into because she already told me I was not important enough.3. They took my blood for allergy testing about 9 months ago, froze it, told me it is still good, and I know it is not.4. She called my house and told me that "they" were changing my shot time to today, which I was at work, I had no choice in the matter. The info they gave this to was not on my medical sheet as a contact.5. They kept putting other people in front of me even though I had to get to work.
my son went in for a follow up. he just wanted to get the results of a blood test. they kept him there for over an hour. they wouldnt give him the results over the phone. so after the doctor told him his blood results were normal, he asked the receptionist for an excuse for work. she told him it would be $25.00 more for the excuse and started laughing at him. my son was very upset and left without an excuse. the people at the clinic then started calling my son on his cell phone. i am pretty sure if this would of been an older person, the staff wouldnt of treated them like this. why are they treating young college students this way? i called the office manager to discuss this matter with her but she has yet to call me back! we will never go back to this clinic and i encourage everyone else to stay away from this clinic also! by the way channel 14 news will here about this.
Start with his staff , they were very friendly and could get me an apt with ease when I needed one. Then with three visits to him I found out why. he is very unprofessional in the sexual things he makes comments about, he also has one of his staff members that has no training and has to refer to a chart to do the eeg, She was very sweet but is not certified. The last ckup we went to my grandson didn't take his medication with him which was in his chart , we were told that he doesn't see people without their meds and it was a waste of our 5 hour trip, then told us that he would recommend to our primary care dr that my grandson see a psychiatrist.Would not recommend him to anyone even their dog which by the way he lets his dog have free reign of gis office
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.