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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.
This Clinic has incopenetent Doctors Dr. Kimbely Torres is not even a Doctor and will mislead you on your medication. While searching for another option on the Plavix which was costing me $160.00 a month she confirmed there was no generic for this medication. All it took was a phone call to Wallmart who confirm that Clopidogrel is a generic for Plavix. At this time I called them and inmediately my prescription was given to me. How can a practitioner Doctor can be prescribing medication if she cant tell the difference on a brand or generic medication?Then you have Dr. Mohamed who I thought I was saved seeing a real Doctor and he was about the same I had some questions on several health issues this morning and he just simply walked away while I was talking to him and I asked him for one more question and he said NO more questions.I had a stroke 3 yrs ago and I need to take Plavix on a daily basis to avoid another stroke or even a Trombosis but I also needed to take Omeplazol for my gastritis and this Dr. mentioned I can not take both medications at the same time. When I asked what should I do his answer was Its up to you either take care of your gastritis or just simply sit and wait for another Stroke.Do not waste your time calling them because they never answer their phones and good luck leaving a message because you will never hear from them.Even worse if you want to talk to an office manager her/his voice mail is always full.Worst experience ever with these bunch of inconpetent Doctors that treat people like ginie pigs. On todays appointment I explained Dr. Mohamed I was having tachicardia during the night and this morning was very bad and his answer was......then just go to the Hospital if you can not afford a Cardiologist.Please think twice before walking into this Rockledge office. Im sure they dont work for free and it would be great they justify their salary by acting more Profesional.
I have not had a problem with your service before, till January 29 2013. My son was suppose to go in on the 31 to get his 3 year checkup, but we received a phone call canceling our appointment at 5:00 pm on the 29th. Cancellation was in response of your company dropping our insurance carrier. The problem is: We did not receive the cancellation in a professional manner, last minute, and didn't get the option of paying out of pocket and keeping our appointment. We are currently dropping this insurance and moving to another service, due to the belief that many other providers will be dropping them as well. We would of like to stayed with Pediatrics of Brevard, but we will no longer use your services, due to unprofessional-ism. We did call the office back, and yet the person was very smug about the whole issue, she didn't understand the we preferred to stay with Pediatrics of Brevard. We will be getting a insurance policy that Pediatrics of Brevard excepts.
She was so detached, uncaring and did not find my problem which was obvious neck and parotid glandular swelling. I saw my Primary Physician yesterday and he certainly had no problem seeing it or feeling it. He suggested a second ENT opinion because it was obvious this woman didn't have the skills necessary to deal with me. I had gone to Brevard ENT Center many times and saw DR. Hance Phillips who is now retired. He even performed surgery on me. She is the best replacement they could find? Give me a break.
My daughter who is a teenager went to brevard pediatrics for an appointment. When she was checking out they told her they were not sure of the copay amount and would send the bill for the services after billing insurance. 2 weeks later I got a bill for 40 dollars copay and 25 dollar late fee. when called and asked about the late fee the staff were rude and arrogant and said it is the patients responsibility to know what their copay is and pay it at time of service. I am not sure how they would feel if I charged them a late fee when you sit and wait at the pediatricians office waiting for a doctor after getting an appointment for a certain time. They just process people and have a bunch of MA who do the interview and vitals and lock you up in a room for 30 mins sometimes even upto an hour before a MD walks in to check your child
Had an appointment at 9:30 am and arrived to an empty waiting room. I waited exactly one hour before being taken back to the room and then a further thirty seven minutes before the doctor came in. I was there for an extremely painful hernia and scheduled a surgical date while there. About a day after my appointment I began having severe pains and requested pain medication to help deal with the week I was going to have to wait before my surgery date and that's when it got ugly. The doctors staff were cold and completely without compassion for my pain and treated me like a drug seeker even though they had my medical history showing over ten years of medical treatment and living in severe pain after a failed lumbar fusion, without taking any pain medication. Pain so bad it literally caused me to become disabled and out of work permantly. I called several times and was only allowed to leave messages that were never returned, making me have to call and demand to speak to someone. They were cold, mean, and completely without compassion or empathy for my pain and kept referring me to the emergency room. I told them my co pay for the ER was $300 and being on disability that made it impossible for me to do. The nurse said that was the only way I was going to get pain medication and hung up on me. What an absolutely AWFUL place. The only reason I'm even going thru with the surgery is because the pain is in bearable and can very quickly become a life threatening situation. Steer clear of this place, the staff are HORRIBLE!!!
I am 53 years old and have been to many doctors and this is the absolute worst Doctor I have ever been to! She is arrogant, does not listen, has NO compassion or anything even close to a bedside manor. She made a big mistake and took an attitude with me when I told her about it. She ordered an MRI with contrast for me but failed to order the blood work needed. Not everyone needs to get the blood work, it depends on your age and other factors. I told her about the error thinking she would care and want to know for future patients, boy was I wrong! She went on a rant about how the cost of services and where you have to have blood work done based on your insurance is not her problem. That was not even remotely close to the point I was trying to make. Luckily I had just had blood work done by my family doctor that covered what I needed. With some time and leg work I was able to retrieve it. Her response was to tell met that If I didn't want to do the leg work, I just should have had the testing facility redo it, and wait the additional 2 to 3 hours until I could have the MRI. My job and time is clearly of no concern to her! The fact that it was out of my network and I would have to paid in for it in full right then and there was not her problem. She was still missing the point that they needed a Doctors order to complete it, and that she had failed to do her job correctly! She had complete disregard for my time. I do have a job, while I am not a doctor, my job is demanding and important to me and vital to my ability to pay my doctors bills. This doctor is so full of herself that I am not sure how she gets her ego through a door! If being treated with respect and having a doctor that knows what they are doing is important to you then look elsewhere for an ENT! It worked out in the end for me, but no thanks to Dr. Crain. As a result of the MRI I need to see a Neurologist. She told me to find one on my own. Granted, I wouldn't at this point trust her opinion on a referral, but again she either didn't know or care that I had to have a referral from a doctor to see a Neurologist. Once again my family Doctors office staff came to the rescue. I only gave her one star because it wouldn't let me do zero! She doesn't deserve one star!!
The receptionist is a (rhymes with WITCH), nasty. This would be a death bed appt., the worst EVER.
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.