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801 W Interstate 20 # 1Arlington, TX 76017
1001 N Waldrop DrArlington, TX 76012
So far so good. This is my second rheumatologist and I definitely prefer a younger Doctor that listens than an older Doctor who has seen it all knows it all. If your looking for a counselor this is not the Doctor for you but if you are looking for someone to help resolve your RA problems then …
5450 Clearfork Main StFort Worth, TX 76109
From Business: Medical Clinic of North Texas, also known as MCNT, specializes in family medicine, obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics. Its internal medicine team provides screening and treatment services for cholesterol disorders, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis and thyroid problems. The clinic also offers a diabetes education pro…
5900 Altamesa BlvdFort Worth, TX 76132
From Business: USMD represents the vision of leading healthcare professionals who wanted to create two hospitals in one, with specialized attention to both pediatric and adult patients. A physician-owned hospital where physicians make the decisions about the type of care their patients receive. Today, USMD Hospital at Fort Worth is a mod…
6100 Harris PkwyFort Worth, TX 76132
From Business: The Medical Clinic of North Texas offers a range of health care services. It operates more than 30 locations throughout Texas. The clinic provides family, sports and internal medicine solutions. The Medical Clinic of North Texas offers pediatrics, psychotherapy, rheumatology, obstetric and gynecology services. It also prov…
1615 Hospital PkwyBedford, TX 76022
From Business: The Family Physicians of the MidCities specializes in pediatrics and sports, internal and family medicine. It is one of the facilities managed by the Medical Clinic of North Texas, which is a network of medical practices and operates more than 50 locations. The parent organization practices in the areas of gynecology, psyc…
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.
I have been going to Dr. Thurman for a couple years. I have always appreciated his professionalism and demeanor when I have been seen. My concern is with his office staff specifically April. She is rude and would not work with me on getting a prescription filled for my blood pressure. She advised I must be seen first. Since I had an appointment set up I was very confused. I also had to continue to follow for her to just deny my request. No courtesy call to tell me I could not have my blood pressure maintenance medication. I could see if this was a narcotic, but I will not spend my money or my company’s money with a staff that does not care about my blood pressure. Then I get a call back from again rude April. Saying they will fill 14 days of my prescription If I set my appointment back up. I advised her that I was not going to put up with this nonsense and get a new Doctor. Complete nonsense. My blood pressure is going up just thinking about Aprils rude/unprofessional tone. As if she has sole control of my prescriptions and my health. I will not be back!!! A. Aguilar
I have been going to Dr. Thurman for a couple years. I have always appreciated his professionalism and demeanor when I have been seen. My concern is with his office staff specifically April. She is rude and would not work with me on getting a prescription filled for my blood pressure. She advised I must be seen first. Since I had an appointment set up I was very confused. I also had to continue to follow for her to just deny my request. No courtesy call to tell me I could not have my blood pressure maintenance medication. I could see if this was a narcotic, but I will not spend my money or my company’s money with a staff that does not care about my blood pressure. Then I get a call back from again rude April. Saying they will fill 14 days of my prescription If I set my appointment back up. I advised her that I was not going to put up with this nonsense and get a new Doctor. Complete nonsense. My blood pressure is going up just thinking about Aprils rude/unprofessional tone. As if she has soul control of my prescriptions and my health. I will not be back!!! A. Aguilar
I started going here due to chronic neck pain. After X-rays showed nothing, they referred me for an MRI. 2 weeks after my MRI, I still had no results, and I finally called. They said "Oh, well you have a bulging disc in C4-C5". I then asked what the plan going forth was. The person on the phone had no clue, and there were no notes on my file. She said she would have the doctor call me. Never did receive a call. That week I also had a well woman's visit, with pap, urine and blood work done. While I was there I finally just made an appointment for 2 weeks to talk to the doctor about my MRI results. That following appointment I was charged another $40 co-pay, only for the doctor to come in for 3 minutes and tell me they are referring me to an orthopedic back/neck specialist...Really? I had to pay a co-pay for that? To try and make a long story short, that same day I come home from my appointment and had 2 letters from the clinic in the mail. One was regarding my paper, saying it was normal. The other was regarding my bloodwork, and all it said was to call for an appointment. Needless to say, I was concerned, so I immediately called. The lady on the phone didn't know what I was talking about, so she placed me on hold. 10 minutes later, someone else got on the phone and told me my MRI results. I stated I already knew my results, and was in that VERY DAY for a follow up on that, and I was calling because it appeared my lab results were abnormal. She said "I don't show anything about your lab results", so I told her about the letter. She claimed that letter was to inform me of my MRI. WHAT?!? Why the heck would you send me a letter that clearly states "BLOOD WORK: PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT" when it has NOTHING to do with my labs, AND you are giving me information I already have?!?! So in exasperation, I asked what the results of my labs were. She told me she had no idea, that the doctor hadn't even looked at them yet.
I have been a patient of Dr. Thurmond for several years. He is vigilant and ready to refer me to a specialist if needed. I have great confidence in him and his staff. I have referred him to both family and friends.
How can I trust a doctor who employs people like Cherie Fluker? http://www.athensreview.com/news/local_news/hcso-arrests-burglary-suspect/article_dd123ecc-242c-11e5-90e3-6367882fdf96.html
Day of appointment I had not received a confirmation call so I called the office. I was informed the doctor was no longer accepting Medicare and the appointment had been canceled. When I asked why no one had contacted me office worker began screaming, trying to blame Mansfield office and then hung up. I called the Mansfield office looking for a supervisor, left message. 15 minutes later same office worker called back. At first she denied being the same worker, then she admitted being the same worker and contradicted my claims. She informed me no supervisor was available and I would "have to call back daily to attempt to reach him."
My doctor has used this company on a number of occasions and they have sent a medical specialist out to my home to do all that was needed. They were cheerful, helpful and professional.
We really love Dr Joki and NP Leslie for our children to see. They really take their time and are very thorough....drive 40 minutes to see them!
I love, love, love this office!! Dr. Aramath is kind and actually listens when you voice a concern. She is willing to go above and beyond helping you (or referring you to someone who can) in any way she can. Her staff is friendly and efficient making sure to take care of business while still putting patients at ease. I have been going to this office for over 3 years and I don't want to go anywhere else! Thank you for all of your hard work ladies! Y'all are awesome! :)
Clean office.. pretty comfortable environment and getting an appointment was easy. The doctor took the time to understand my weight concerns and my progressions towards my goals. She seemed very knowledgeable about my exercise regimen and the conditioning. And, during the appointments, spent the time to understands my concerns. Overall, a very positive experiences
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.