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4204 Gardendale St Ste 308San Antonio, TX 78229
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109 Gallery CirSan Antonio, TX 78258
I've been going to this doctor for 6 or 7 years and the office staff have always handled my calls, questions, messages and the like with professionalism and ease. I get calls back same day or next. And I love that he's added an assistant to his practice. If he can't see me, she can. Wait time va…
1303 McCullough Ave Ste 135San Antonio, TX 78212
This is not a medical practice. This is where you go if you have an STD or an obesity related disability. If you are interested in your health, have a job, really don't have all day to sit around a filthy noisy waiting room, and speak English go elsewhere. I waited 105 minutes and left--even som…
10865 Shaenfield RdSan Antonio, TX 78254
I became a patient of Dr. Pinkston seven years ago. I moved to Austin for couple of years and had to move my care to a local primary care physician. The service and care I recieved in Austin was great but it did not compare to the great personal attention and care I recived at Pinkston Family P…
2829 Babcock RdSan Antonio, TX 78229
Someone inside their facility informed me that the female doctor has a strong prejudice against ppl with tattoos and piercings. Disgusting! Someone responsible for ppls lives should not be this way!
7323 Marbach RdSan Antonio, TX 78227
Please do not go to this doctor. First of all, you will never see him. Secondly, heaven forbid the office staff has the task of calling in a simple referral. They have a very incompetent staff who lie to get the patient off the phone or out of the office. My daughter was told they would proc…
525 Oak Centre Dr Ste 150San Antonio, TX 78258
At the time that this doctor was treating my mother, he prescribed several medications that, when combined, show to have potential fatal side effects. I have records from as early as 2001, showing that Zoloft, Furosemide and Trazodone were prescribed concurrently. I utilized www.drugs dot com…
2108 NW Military Hwy Ste ASan Antonio, TX 78213
3103 SE Military Dr Ste 105San Antonio, TX 78223
Yup! Dr Williams sucks, he sucks so much they've permanently closed his office as of today. I've been an insulin dependent diabetic for over 15 years and he tried to put me on pills, what a idiot! And doing Botox in his office, doctor or a cosmetic spa??????
12000 Huebner Rd Ste 104San Antonio, TX 78230
A patient of Dr. Mitchell Finnie for almost 20 years but now collecting my medical records as I turn 65 and was told Medicare patients (with insurance from my employer in addition) are not accepted. It took 6 days to receive a reply from their patient portal and then I was told there would be a…
2277 NW Military Hwy Ste 100, San Antonio TX, 78213San Antonio, TX 78213
I have been going to Dr Palmer for over 20 years and I think he knows me better than I do. He is very patient and the office staff is always very nice. He listens to my complaints and gets me in and out quickly.
11355 Toepperwein RdLive Oak, TX 78233
I have been very pleased with Dr. Taj. He has always taken the time to listen and his treatment has been right on target. I have always had an appointment and have NEVER had to wait to be seen. He was recommended by my daughter who just LOVES him. I have to admit that I was initially put off by …
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We needed an ear, nose and throat specialist, but the wait at our HMO was two weeks. What now? An emergency room seemed like overk…
I was injured a while back and had been to the ER a few times and a couple of doctors and got all different diagnosis and opinions but no relief and no treatment. I was walking out of HEB and spotted his sign and gave the office a call. He actually answered the phone and talked to me. I told him I was outside and he told me to come on in. He spent at least 30 minutes with me that day just asking questions and trying to get to know my situation. We scheduled my first appointment and I have never had a Dr take so much time with me and really listen to me. For the first time in a long time I felt like a Dr was really listening to me and EXCITED to help me. He spent so much time with me I am truly impressed and he really put my mind at ease regarding my issues. He has done all he can to help me in my situation and I am confident I will get great results. I will be going back and telling anyone and everyone who will listen to go to him too.
Dr. Yazdani is simply a brilliant physician. It impresses me just how precise his diagnostic always is. Sure, everybody can think twice before going with him because he doesn't accept insurance, but this is a minimal fee when you value your money, time, and most of all, your health.He pulled me out of a severe sinus infection in just one visit and with only one treatment. An issue that couldn't be solved by a primary doctor and a renowned specialist in 5 and 3 visits, respectively during the course of more than 3 months. Absurd.Going with Dr. Yazdani is a walk through the park. He's punctual, super smart, and very friendly, as well as his staff.If you're lucky enough to live in San Antonio and are having health problems, just pay a visit to Dr. Yazdani. I'm sure he will be the best doctor you'll ever meet.Thanks, Dr.
I had a very pleasant experience at this office. The staff is friendly and the doctor is awesome! When I called to schedule my appointment the doctor actually answered the phone himself, he was on his way to the hospital but told me that he could meet me at his office in fifteen minutes. I filled out my paperwork and was seen immediately. I called him back on Saturday to let him know I was still not feeling well and of course he was available to assist me and call in another prescription to my pharmacy. I was on my way to feeling better the next day. When I had a question about my insurance claim the receptionist was very helpful and called me back within 5 minutes. I will definitely go back to this office and I will recommend it to everyone I know!
The physician and his staff are probably the nicest people I have ever met at a medical facility. I had fevers, temperature, night sweats, and failure to thrive for a while and luckily the doctor ran some blood work and diagnosed me with a curable form of leukemia. I am grateful to Stone Oak Urgent Care & Family Practice for saving my life and will continue to see him as my PCP and will recommend anybody to go here as you will not find a more nice and intelligent physician out there as this guy has an MBA and PhD in addition to his medical degree. Also, the new location on Stone Oak Blvd is brand new and amazingly beautiful, which is an added bonus to the great physician. Thank you Stone Oak Urgent Care & Family Practice!!!!!!!!!!!
WOW, amazing urgent care for my 8 year old. Her doctor had an available appointment but when I got there, I would have been waiting a few hours before being seen. I walked right into this clinic and after only a few moments, my girl was being treated for both an inner and middle ear infection. Both the doctor and the nurse were not only professional but it felt like they were family. Front desk staff was also friendly, professional and patient with us. Extra time was taken by the actual doctor to explain the infection as well as the medication. AMAZING URGENT CARE CLINIC FOR CHILDREN! When was the last time your child's actual doctor spent more than 5 minutes with you?
I've been going to this doctor for 6 or 7 years and the office staff have always handled my calls, questions, messages and the like with professionalism and ease. I get calls back same day or next. And I love that he's added an assistant to his practice. If he can't see me, she can. Wait time varies; I've waited 5 minutes, I've waited 40 minutes. But I know that sometimes I'm the one making others wait due to my issues, so I try to be patient while others see him. I've heard the office staff handling difficult patients before and I can say I've never heard them be rude or careless with their words. I give the whole office and Doctor Ramirez 5 stars across the board.
Nothing but wonderful experiences for me.. I think my review should be weighted because I've been using to this practice for me and my family for many years - for everything from annual checkups to emergencies such as mystery rashes, flu-like symptoms, etc... I really appreciate the time Doctors take with us. I also appreciate that we can be seen as walk-ins when it's an emergency. I'm wondering if many of the bad reviewers are just angry people or... seriously... I thought they were talking about some other place entirely. My advice - establish a relationship with a family doctor in this practice.
I also had a great experience with this clinic. The facility is excellent. (The big screen TVs and interactive lighting built into the floor entertains the kids while they wait.) I went in without proof of insurance and the front desk staff did the research over the phone to confirm insurance while I was there. They went above and beyond. I too have only a $20 copay normally, but my URGENT CARE copay is $50, which is what they charged. For Sunday morning access to a physician when my daughter had a 103 fever, this well worth the extra $30. The physician was excellent.
Dr. Ramirez is not only the nicest Dr. I had ever seen but probably the nicest person I have ever met. He easily spent 20+ minutes with me. Very caring gentleman. When I went in he first told me about himself, his family and how long he has been practicing. At the end of the visit he told me that he doesn't have an answering service because he gives out his personal cell phone number to all his patients. That is something I have never heard a Dr. do. I felt so comfortable in his office. His office staff is amazing as well. I highly recommend Dr. Ramirez.
Look no further for great care with smile! My family has been coming to see Dr.Gogu now for almost 4yrs now. We've been to several Texas Med Clinic's and none of them compared to the level of kindness, service, and care that we always receive going to Stone Oak Urgent Care. I love the fact that they have late hours and opened on Saturday/Sunday without having to wait a crazy amount of time. Dr. Gogu is very personable, soft spoken, patient and good with children. They don't try to nickle and dime your insurance by forcing unnecessary office visits.
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.