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1300 Hospital Dr Ste 380Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
From Business: Because Dr. Loren Frankel understands the realities of motherhood, her medical practice, Palmetto Women's Health, focuses on providing a family-friendly atmospher…
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 here for many years and couldn't ask for a better doctor or staff. They are very busy so you must be prepared for a little wait in the waiting room, but worth it in the end. The staff is wonderful with scheduling appts for other issues and follow ups. 5 stars all the way!
Every time I go there I am always greeted as I walk through the door. I almost always see Mary Decker. She is my favorite, she treats you like she really cares what you are going through and not just there for a paycheck. Their facility is always clean. I would truly recommend them to everyone.
Hello my name is Lloyd Strunk don't pay attention to the email it's my wife's email Maya Mac at my wife's insurance I brought my son Jordan Strunk in twice in the last few weeks and I came in today very sick I work in the medical field for 37 years and I can honestly say that the people here are amazing it's always peaceful clean Serene professional some people are a little too professional you can't get them to smile but I'm not there to make people smile on their to get well and 80% of your employees there are absolutely amazing dr. Pollack I believe his name is dr. Pollack is incredible knowledgeable friendly kind considerate and an overall terrific doctor and when I will come back and see you and trusted by family at Alicia and Kelshe. And Matthew are all terrific treated me with the utmost respect and kindness one could ever get whether they're sick or not please notify these people I'm taking the time to do this review I would hope that whatever organization owns this Medcare urgent care facility would recognize these employees upon me recognizing them or else this would all be for nothing and it be a complete waste of my time so I would only hope the next time I go there and there will be a next time I promise you there's something always going on with my son and me and my wife we need medical care my mother and it's the only place I come so next time I go back I will ask them if they were contacted and recognized and if they say no I will be upset and I will let you know I'm upset and probably go to another facility it doesn't take much for me to change where I shop I Come From New York where there's a lot of places to go a lot of hospitals I work at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center I work for Tulane Medical Center down south at work for re)l
My personal experience is the supporting staff are completely incapable of preparing patience. I am a high risk patient and have to see them every 5 years. I called 3 weeks ago and was told they would be mailing all paperwork. Never received them and spoke with them last week and was told they would mail again. After never getting them I called AGAIN and was told it was e-mailed. How is that possible as I never gave my e-mail address from me AND then they couldn't find it listed in my paperwork, so they lied saying they mailed it. I was then called in medicine and found out it was all wrong. I then gave them my e-mail address and when I got the paperwork it had the wrong procedure date written on (2 days earlier). I am thoroughly disappointed and surprised by this practice "customer service". When I spoke with the office manager, Marie, I requested speaking with the physician and was told I couldn't that "That's what they pay us to do". I was told it was time to break apart and for me to find another practice that would make me happy.
EXCEED EXPECTATIONS! A+++ Dr. Kaysi did an excellent job. I went for shin pain thinking it is a contusion but Dr. Kaysi was very thorough and ordered a an Ultrasound which turned to be a blood clot. Dr. Kaysi saved my life!
I initially visited Health first for a bladder infection. I provided a urine sample and they gave me an antibiotic. I returned 5 days later because I was still having symptoms.During my 2nd visit I provided a 2nd urine sample for them to send out for a test to determine which antibiotic I actually needed. I later received a call that I had to come back because my sample was thrown out by mistake.They told me to come in 2 days later for my test results. Before I went, I called to make sure they were actually in - they confirmed they were. After waiting for 20 min. to be seen, the Doctor let me know my results were NOT in and to return in 4 days.I returned again [10 DAYS FROM MY INITIAL VISIT] to finally have my results and for them to put me on the CORRECT antibiotic. I was told that since a new prescription was written, I had to pay for the visit.I get it, people make mistakes. What ultimately bothered me was how little the staff seemed to care. It was unbelievable.
Took my eight month old in to the urgent care because he was wheezing, congested, and had a strange sounding coughing fit. The nurse was very nice, but ths doctor rushed in, and didn't even introduce herself. She looked over him quickly, and when I offered a recording of how he was coughing she wasn't interested in listening. She diagnosed him with a cold, gave him allergy medicine, and made me feel silly for bringing him in, only for us to be at another doctor the very next day and him be diagnosed with croup. Sure they're fast, but they aren't thorough. Thank God it isn't something super serious that was missed. Definitely don't recommend them unless it's something simple and definite.
Went yesterday after some apprehension. Will never go back again. Rhodes walked it, no bed side manner at all, couldn't hear me, slammed the door after I told him he had forgotten a prescription refill that i had asked for - dude had a cold and was coughing all over without covering his mouth! Lack of eye contact as if I was bothering him, finally got out of there after watching him walk around talking to everyone them coming back to me to dismiss me. Got to the pharmacy and he GAVE ME THE WRONG PRESCRIPTION! Rrrrrgh! Surely doctors who cannot hear should have easy access to getting a hearing aid. Maybe he just doesn't care anymore...Called back to get the correct prescription called in, they want ME to get the pharmacy to given THEM a call... onward search for a new doctor continues...
Do Not see Bruce Etheridge MD he does not read his patients chart before he gives them medicine. My child is allergic to Amoxicillin and it clearly states that in his medical record. The first time he saw my child he tried to give him that and I said "He is allergic to that if u look in his chart" I let that go. thinking it was an honest mistake. Then my mother had to take my child back 2 weeks later and he gave my child Augmentin (which is Amoxicillin ). which im sure you learn that in medical school. Thank God I have a great Pharmacist and she called the on call dr and they ordered the right type of medicine. Dr Etheridge should be FIRED and not allowed to practice. all these reviews are about how bad he is.
If you want a "doctor" don't go here. If you just want pills so you can get high, it seek them, he is your guy. No real medical problems necessary to get a huge amount of lortab, Vicodin,etc. Not to mention anxiety meds and muscle relaxers. I hope he is run out of business some time soon. He is just creating a generation of addicts.
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.