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This hospital is one of the few worst hospitals I have ever encountered. I think losing my disability and getting my teaching loan up to where I paid nothing is part of the issues with this place. The nurse hovering telling me there is a difference between a mother and a teacher. Having an extreme life threatening disease is some of the trauma that follows today. Now the psychiatrist that assumed with no questions I was going to have an affair with a baby topped the cake. I apparently was the target. Every single mother that goes to a hospital should be targeted. I was retarded and going to touch my child that was what was being assumed because I was not with my boyfriend! What a lie. I got mugged going back to ny in Jackson ville florida over this hospital. Got my brother to sue me. Later I found out I was an unfound child abuser. I love my finances and justice. Trauma. I do not know 1 person that wants a quack going into their personal life! Tara Wiener
Heard so many things but seeing is believing! Organized, Orderly, Prompt, Unbelievable experiences! Gall bladder surgery for my son....Consiencious help & care, private rooms to promote Infection Control, Surgeons excellent,kept parents fully advised. Surgeon decision from sameday to needing watchful care surprising but concerned. Food kept coming...Hospital deserves better reviews,clean,efficient,patient oriented. Gladly head there in Emergency too.
I would like to know how this hospital got away with destroying a woman's life.Now they really messed up kids. My brother adopted the boy.All over sitting 3 ft in front of a tv the last day of the hospital alone with the door open.Well my school loan is extreme over the years and interest. I only was going for special ed; 2 classes. Now the bs license in ed ruined; the graduate ruined except great high interests.Still have the reaction in my left vein affecting me. My feet are swelling and opening. Still dirty blood.Well all destruction. All over an arab using a statement to his advantage. I am retarded because I am not with the boyfriend; the guy should be fired.At 40 I should have it easy not just barely making it. Not with my education. I cannot survive. It is sick. Arab just wanted to manipulate. Apparently after getting a reaction. One would think that they would not give someone more screwed up pills or injections. It seems like this arabian wanted me dead. Especially on something I did not need.Only caused destruction these people. I cannot believe he loused up my loan- and my licensing and that little boy. I am jewish he is being raised and adopted by my brother. It is sick. Now I got mugged and Erik got ran over all over their incompetence. Where is the lawyer I would like to know. I cannot survive. I have bad teeth over that reaction. I cannot afford my teeth. I cannot afford any of it. Their drugs are only to manipulate people. Lazy way out.Long time ago car accident- eyesight, hearing, equilibrium, - easy way out. State she is bipolar going to kill herself or someone else (arden hill hospital) told the arab no. Mother stated no. Commited looking for weapons. Just sick use drugs to manipulate and control people. I became 400 pounds it looked like no brain, problem at college. Made me stupid. Overmedicated and overmedicated.Destruction- another accident more pills. ARE THESE ARABIAN DR'S EXTREMISTS TO DESTROY HAPPIENESSAPPARENTLYTara Wiener
NOW THAT MY DAUGHTER HAS TO GO TO SCHOOL ALL NONSENSE HITS THE FAN.SENSE 2005 WHEN MY NOW BROTHER'S ADOPTED SON WAS BORN- DUE TO BEING TOLD BY AN ARABIAN QUACK I WAS RETARDED AND A MURDERER BECAUSE NOT WITH THE BOYFRIENDMY DAUGHTER WOULD NOT HAVE GOOD FINANCESMESSED UP MY EDUCATION. THE NURSE TELLING ME THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MOTHER AND A TEACHER. TORMENTING ME AND NOT LETTING ME SIT 3 FT IN FRONT OF THE TV WITH THE BOY ALONE THE LAST DAY.WELL MY 2 CLASSES TO MASTERS MESSED UP. ALL LICENSES EVEN BS IN NY MESSED UP TO TIME LIMITS.ALL BECAUSE OF INCOMPETENCE AND OVEREXERTING AUTHORITY.PEOPLE GET VERY BAD WHEN I DO NOT TALK ABOUT MY SITUATION THAT KNOW ME. PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY AND NICE. SEEM TO LIKE ME. FOOLS THEM. ANGER OVER IT. THEN THE PEOPLE THAT KNOW ME KNOW I TELL PEOPLE. THE REACTIONS ARE EXTREME. ABUSE!!!!!I WAS 34 NOW 40 RUINED KID'S LIVES.HAD MY DAUGHTER WITH NO PROBLEM; HOWEVER THE EXBOYFRIEND GOT RAN OVER AFTER VIRGINIA AND MS. MOORE WERE CLAIMING I WAS A SEXUAL OFFENDER, MURDERER, RETARDED. NEEDED SUPERVISION AND PILLS. MS. MOORE CLAIMED FOSTER CARE WITH OUT TALKING TO ME.FINANCES STINK NO WAY CAN GIVE MY DAUGHTER ANYTHING. MY LOANS ARE EXTREME.SICK THE WAY THIS WORKED OUT. NEVER SPOKE TO THE KIDS.THANKGOD FOR THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIST THAT LISTENED TO WHAT THE ARAB DID IN NY.A SHAME. PEOPLE CONSTANTLY TELL ME THEY RUINED YOUR LIFE.ANGER CAME A LOT FROM A FRIEND OF MINE; HE STATES YOU FOOL PEOPLE OF BEING RETARDED AND LOSING THE BABY BOY. ANGERS AND MAKES THIS MAN CRY OVER HORTON HOSPITALTORTURE AND ABUSE.MRSA- EATEN UP ALIVE AND TREATED LIKE A NOTHING; WITH NOTHING.VIRGINIA COERCING ME TO FLORIDA AND ACTED INSANE. GET A LAWYER- 25.00 HAD NOTHING. EX GOT RAN OVER.ACCUSATIONS AND TACTICS CAUSED SOMEONE TO GET RAN OVER. THAT WEIRD SICKO HAD THE AUDACITY TO LOOK FOR DIAPERS IN MY MOTHER'S HOUSE.WITH MY DEGREE AND EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE. GOT MY BROTHER TO PICK UP THE BABY. REFUSAL TO SPEAK TO ME UNTIL IN FL.I HAD MRSA. STILL NOT CUREDEATING ME UP. THIS AFFECTS THE BONES AND THE BREATHINGT. C WIENER- 40 YEAR OLD
STILL HAVE BLOOD AND ORGAN PROBLEMS GRADUALLY GETTING BETTER AFTER NOT HAVING PROPER MEDICAL HELP AND VIRGINIA MACGOVEN COERCING ME TO FLORIDA WHY I WAS HAVING CONVULSIONS AND EXTREME BLOOD PROBLEMS.NOW THE ADVOCATE OF HORTON ZAIDA OR WHATEVER HER NAME WAS; NO HELP DID NOT CARE.GET A LAWYER. WELL WITH WHAT MONEY. IMMATURE AND INCOMPETENT.WELL NOW THE PROBLEM IS I MIGHT BE ABLE TO FUNCTION WITHOUT DYING BECAUSE THAT WAS THE BIGGEST THING. VIRGINIA MACGOVEN WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR NOT GETTING AN ATTORNEY OR MEDICAL HELP RIGHT AWAY OTHER THAN EMERGENCY ROOMS. WOULD NOT SPEAK TO ME UNTIL FLORIDA.SHE WAS THE CAUSE VIRGINIA MACGOVEN OF ERIK PARKER GETTING HIT BY A TRUCK AND BEING BAYFLIGHTED HE WAS LOOKING FOR ME BECAUSE HE KNEW THEY WERE WRONG.EDWARDS THE NURSE SUPERVISER NEVER LOOKED AT THE COMPLAINT DID NOTHING GET A LAWYER TO FIND THE NURSES NAME. HUNG UP THE PHONE.MS. MOORE WHO THREATENED FOSTERCARE AND NEVER MEETING ME. SAYS SHE DID NOT KNOW ABOUT SITTING IN FRONT OF A TV WITH A BABY.NOW FORDHAM WANTS INFANTS TO PRESCHOOL- WHAT A JOKE - SPECIAL EDMAKE A FOOL OF A TEACHER
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.