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This clinic is beyond ridiculous. I don't know what's worse the rude ass nurse's, the unprofessional doctors or when they say they call you several times to confirm appointments such bs with place.
My wife went to get a filling. They talked her into a total of 3, plus cleaning. They scraped the enamel off her teeth leading them stain badly. And my wife went to another dentist who stated the fillings so called Dr. Gouda put in my wifes teeth was no longer being used since it causes teeth to further break..
The clinic always needs repair, but the worst part is the unprofessional attitudes of some (but not all of the P.A. there. The walls are paper thin and you can here EVERYTHING they say. I asked to see a specific PA for a breast exam because a family member had recommended her, when I was sitting in my room she stood outside my door and quite loudly reprimanded the nurse for allowing a patient to request her. She rushed through the entire thing and RAN out even after I asked her to take a look at my ears because I was having earaches, it was very awkward. I cancelled my appointment with her because I was uncomfortable being treated like an annoyance. When I came back I heard the same rude comments, " treat them and street them," Referring to patients as weird, commenting on patients breasts hiked up to their chins. Where's the professionalism? I don't ever want to go back, their bedside manner is highly lacking and they need to work on their compassion and treatment of people!
The actual doctors are a hit and miss. I came in with acne vulgaris and they told me it was an allergic reaction to nuts, I didn't even eat nuts that day. I ended up having to go to a dermatologist to find out what I had because the medicine they gave me caused an adverse reactions despise me telling them that it was no inflammation or an allergy. Some doctors are really good though and genuinely care but the reception and wait time is freaken ridiculous. I had anice appointment at 5pm. I came in a 4:30. People that arrived as walk ins were seeing seen before me, so at 5:10 I asked why and the lady upfront says that she "missed" my name and marked it as if I missed the appointment. I was literally I'm the waiting room, waiting to be called, standing up (because they lack seating as well) & it's past 6pm and I'm still waiting. About 8 walk-ins have been called after I spoke to her so I don't know what the heck is going on, but this is a freaken joke. If you value your time, don't waste your time here, you'll probably get faster service at the ER, seriously.
I been in this clinic two years have pain back and my knee and they're being given me medicine only every time I have for a lot pain medicine and home doesn't do me any good please show me how many people today can talk we need to get fixed we don't need no medicine I am NOT in Madison drug addict
His office help are terrible. Rude women that he puts in his office to represent him. I don't even know how good this doctor is, I couldn't get passed his office help. Going to get a doctor in Visalia, probably a safer choice anyway.
RUN AWAY FROM THIS DENTIST!!!!all he wants is your money!!!
Met him earlier today with my son and I like his personality.
I am giving two stars overall based on my 3 appointments with Dr. Rusch. I like Dr. Rusch yet there were two major issues. One, scheduling is ridiculous! The first time I waited 30 minutes. The second time, 2 hours!!! And everyone knows that waiting 2 hours with a newborn that needs to be breastfed is not acceptable. I kept waiting to breastfed because I kept thinking that I would be called back any second since it had taken so long! The third time was 45 minutes. My other major issue was the day that I waited 2 hours. The nurse was incredibly rude. My husband was at work so I was alone with my newborn waiting for the 2 hours. The nurse called me back to get my daughter weighed. My daughter needed a diaper change so I changed her diaper. The nurse told me that I had to hold on to the diaper and throw it away in the dumpster behind the building. Are you serious?! I am by myself with my newborn, carrying a bag, her car seat, and holding my daughter to try to comfort her after the long wait and you tell me that I have to go behind the store to throw away her diaper? Extremely rude. Anyways, the nurse told me that I needed to sit back down and wait for the doctor. Again, this is the time that I waited 2 hours. My appointment was at 1pm and I had to be at work at 3pm. At 2:45pm I told the nurse that I needed reschedule because I had been waiting so long and that I had to go to work. The nurse rudely said that I was next. I told her that I had been waiting for too long and was going to be late to work. I rescheduled and left. I had to take my newborn to work with me which I was late. I think Dr. Rusch is good but I will not put up with long wait times and a rude nurse. I switched to a gentleman in Visalia and I am extremely pleased. I have never waited over 5 minutes! It's sad that I can drive to Visalia, take my daughter to the doctor, and drive back in a faster time than when I was seen at Dr. Rusch's.
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.