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If I could provide a 0 I would. This is my first appointment to see a PCP in 3 yeas because I have dealing with doctors offices. I came to my appointment & the young woman who took my vitals seemed very inexperienced & had to constantly walk out of the room because she forgot a lot of her items. Then, the doctor came in & when I tried to explain everything that was happening with me, she continued to talk over me & I couldn’t finish a complete sentence. Ultimately, I was adv to have an ultrasound completed & that I was to receive a phone call to schedule the appointment. I was adv that I should answer the call & if I didn’t, to call them back to schedule. It’s been a week & I haven’t heard anything, so I called the doctors office. The receptionist says, “they were never supposed to call you, you were supposed to call St. Claire to schedule the ultrasound”. I politely let her know that those were no where near the instructions that she provided to me otherwise I would have called the day I had my appointment. She didn’t even provide the telephone number of the office I should call to schedule the ultrasound. On top of that, the day of my PCP appointment, I had blood work completed, but never received any follow up about that either. When I asked the receptionist, she said that the doctor signed off on it which means everything was fine. I told her that I should have even called about the results at least. But clearly, they don’t care about notifying patients of their results. Needless to say, I’m following up with another PCP with better ratings & more professional employees.
This was my first ever bad experience with a doctor. I went to Dr. Fourcade to get help managing my anxiety, but instead was left feeling frustrated and misunderstood. She has a huge ego. She misinterpreted my reservations about taking multiple medications as questioning her competency. I skipped a day of my medication due to some side effects and wanting to talk to Dr. Fourcade before continuing. This led to her telling me I need to find another Doctor. I've never had such an unprofessional experience.
Love this company!!! Lovely place to work. Everyone is eager to do what is best for the patients. It's like being part of a family!!!
My 23 yr old son was a patient. Past tense bc after his last round of referrals, he said he is done. Finally after many visits about his heart, he gets a referral for an echo. Echo completed. Results to Gowda, and possibly a nurse called to tell him he has Left ventricular hypertrophy. Again, he gets another referral, now to see a cardiologist. Why wasn't that done in the first place? He's had this same complaint for 6 months! Plus, the nurse didn't give him anymore information - SERIOUSLY. I called today and was informed that Dr. Gowda does not send letters to give follow ups from test. Hmmm, could you have taken 5 minutes to let him know the seriousness of the condition? We had to Google. Do you really care about your patients? Maybe the blank ratings on this page could be a clue. I've never met this person, never been treated but this has left a bitter taste.
Unprofessional. Poor communication. I had a terrible experience at Dr. Christie's surgery unit. I was to have a cataract removed this morning at 6:15. I checked into the eye surgery unit in Cranberry Twp., Pa on time. I had my copay taken via credit card then was escorted to the surgery waiting area which resembles an assembly line and has little privacy. I was questioned about detailed matters and was asked about using prescribed eye drops. What eye drops? I never received a script for anything at my initial exam way back in August. Nor was it mentioned on recent pre-surgery calls from his office. The focus of those calls was more about $$$. The nurse then went to Dr. Christie to inform him I hadn't used the pre-op eye drops. He walked over to me, and confronted me ... rudely ... on why I didn't use the eye drops. I informed him I knew nothing about them. He rudely told me it was in the packet given to me in August. I said, "No scripts were in my packet'. He got angry at that point and states, "This surgery is cancelled!!". However, the nurse just continued on prepping me. This confused me but I thought, maybe she knows something I don't. For instance, this is his routine early morning rant. She started an IV. Another lady comes in and asks where the check for $3745 is? What? I was putting this on Care Credit. She says they know nothing about that. THEY INTRODUCED CARE CREDIT TO ME! I would never have brought a check with me. I would have put it on my Capital One for points. I was totally confused because the person who called me from their office about money said I was "Good to go" but needed a copay. In the meantime, my nurse seems to be oblivious to the matter and continues to prep me and ask medical questions. She wasn't warm either. A few minutes later, another nurse comes over and removes my IV stating the Dr. Christie has again cancelled my surgery. Maybe more to do with no check than not using eye drops which were not prescribed. Horrible! Very poor! Done!
Very unprofessional, ignorant and don't care about patients.. The Atmosphere is stuffy, not welcoming and not comfortable..
Dr. Dan is passionate about helping individuals and families with their health. He takes the time to work with your specific needs and helps you better understand your health.
Dr. Fierle and Aaron Difillipo took the time to find me Xanax that I could afford. Mr. Difillopo returns my calls and takes lots of time to find the solution to my problems. He is caring and thoughtful and no question is ever too much. Along with Dr. Fierle who has the same personality they make a great team. I can't thank them enough.Carol Peluso
Today is Thursday, the chick tells me it's Friday and she can't send me tickets for next Tuesday's appointment and that I should use the reimbursement tickets for my next appointment. ( then it's not a reimbursement is it) I called back and left her a message. Thinking today actually being Thursday would make a difference. called two more times and no answer at all, I did leave a second message after the third call.
I actually go to their Green Tree office. The Doctors there are very capable, and know what they are doing. The issue is with the office staff. They attempt to treat your problems via phone, or when you request a return call from a Dr, they attempt to dissect your call, and refuse to do so. It is the office staff that chases patients away
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.