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2055 E South BlvdMontgomery, AL 36116
From Business: Montgomery Primary Medicine Associates is honored to serve your healthcare needs in a comprehensive office environment. We are here for you when you need us most,…
2167 Normandie DrMontgomery, AL 36111
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470 Taylor RdMontgomery, AL 36117
From Business: At Family Care Associates, we believe you are more than a patient. When you visit your personal physician for an annual exam or a sudden illness, we’ll treat you …
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.
When you go to the Baptist Health websites, there are no contact phone numbers or emails. Also there are no means of making complaints on the site. So we as consumers have to accept that the service we get is like in a communist country and don't complain.My wife is 68 years old and in ICU at Baptist East in Montgomery, Al. I live across Montgomery 30 miles away. My wife is unconscious and near death gasping for air. BP is 90's / 30's-40's. 68 years old as I am, and she and I have no one, only each other. I have been being admitted in to be with her as she is dying. All I can do is pray for her and talk to her hoping she hears me. Tonight at 6:50pm I was asked to leave the room while they had shift change and that it would only be a few minutes and I could come back in. I did not refuse, but went outside to my truck to check on our dog who is 13 years old and mopes around the house since mom has gone in ER for broken pelvic bone on the 3rd and released after 2 hrs not being able to walk on her own, or even sit in a chair upright. I brought her back on the 5th and now because of other complications is dying. I came back after 45 minutes and figured I for sure get back in since it was more then a few minutes. I waited more and then it was over an hour. I still could not get in. I called the hospital supervisor and still got no answers or satisfaction. I left the hospital without seeing my wife no more tonight. I called Peter Selman, Hospital CEO by phone and left message making a complaint. I probably will here nothing of it. In the medical setting we live to satisfy the doctors, nurses and hospital staff, not them to satisfy those who pay them and use their services. The scheduled hrs are from 6am to 9pm, but only 30minutes at a time three visits, and a whole hr for two of the visits, so I either drive back and forth 5 times at 26 miles distance from prattville to East Montgomery, or stay in Montgomery for 15 hrs a day to see my wife, who is dying for 3.5 hrs.
I always loved Dr. Dupre and began seeing him about 20 years ago. He helped me through several surgeries from endometriosis, helped me with two high risk pregnancies, and then a hysterectomy. I have since had some complications with scar tissue but have been disappointed. I feel like he would rather brush me off to someone else as I am of no importance to him since I am not a money maker for him with being able to have children or endometriosis. His nursing staff has always been a bit snooty the past few years.
The doctor is wonderful! The telephone service is the worst I have ever encountered. If you are in the office, the customer service is ok.
I like it because it's easy to access n it hooked up with my gps and has business hr listed unlike getting info on 411 system you can better service using my key pad and not having to try talk so clear that electronic answering service can understand what I say so been using this service and enjoy it
This is absolutely the worse emergency room ever we have been here for over 30 hrs and still not in a room if the hospital is that damn backed up stop taking patients sence y'all can't keep up the nurse we had was great but the hospital we room sucks and whoever is in charge of this place you suck too!! It also was very nasty the trash cans outside of the buildings over flowing and they didn't even change the damn bed sheets nasty ass hospital!!
DO NOT TRUST THEIR BILLING STAFF!!!I am not sure if it's blatant incompetence or a general lack of decency but I have had the worst experience with billing for this office.Not only were charges not run through my insurance before I was sent a bill and letter DEMANDING immediate payment. When I called to inquire about the charges I was immediately sent to voicemail and only received a call back after I had left multiple messages and sent multiple emails. When I did reach an actual person. She implied that my phone was "disconnected/not in service" which is why she hadn't been able to reach me in a timely manner. Seriously you mean the exact phone number I called you from 3 times that day.I should also add that before receiving this bill I had specifically asked about pending charges on my account at my last appointment the day before and was told there wasn't anything showing in the system.Fast forward 2 months and I have changed doctors and moved out of state. I receive another outrageous Bill. Mind you I knew I was leaving and having had previous issues with the billing department had again asked for them to check for any and all pending charges at my last visit. I was told I had a balance which I immediately paid because I didn't want anything left over to have to deal with them again. Anyway this new charge was backdated 6 months and listed as "6 to 7 or more prenatal visits" all as one charge. Not itemized and no specific dates given for said visits. Needless to say I am not even going to bother with their billing department. I am going straight to the BBB as well as my insurance company and reporting them for fraudulent billing.I am very disappointed since I loved my Doctor there and the nurses were great. I had an amazing experience with the care and birth of my first child with them but this is entirely unacceptable for any business.
Dr Ahn is an excellent physician and really cares about his patients. Really nice to encounter this environment
Dr. McCorvey has been my doctor since my first son was born in 2008. Back then he was a good doctor and he cared for his patients better. Recently within the last past 4 years he has two office locations in which he owns now, his office staff is VERY unprofessional. See, doctor McCorvey has shown his true colors he is senile and gives different info and talks in circles. See his office staff tried to bill me fraudulently knowing I had MEDICAID the whole time saying they did not offer it as a secondary insurance when they were filing claims under it. The office staff don't know what they are doing and they don't listen. Dr. Mccorvey told me not to come back to his office to the person who investigated their false claims against me. He yelled and said tell her don't come back to my office even though I did not have an issue mainly with him but with the wrong info his staff gave me. I will never come to him after 10 years of him being my doctor he does not listen and he is getting older and forgets everything he tells you. He will constantly ask you the same questions. BAD BUSINESS, stay away from here!!!!!
His arrogance causes a misdiagnosis. His refusal to listen to the patient is life threatening. If you want a competent doctor with a little bit of respect and compassion for you, you better find someone else. He is way too arrogant to be a good doctor. RUN !!!!!
Dr. Cooper is the most arrogant and incompetent Doctor I have ever encountered. His staff is no better. For you health's sake find somewhere else to go. Your life may depend on it.
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.