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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.
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.
Do not go here unless you like wasting money on paying copays! On November 11, 2016 at 11:30 I took my daughter to see one of the pediatricians at PEDS East Trussville, AL location. They collected my $30 copay before we saw the doctor. They have signs hanging up that state if you don't pay your copay that day you could charged extra. We saw the doctor and she told me she would electronically submit the pharmacy our prescription ( eye drops for pink eye and allergy medication) and I verified which pharmacy to send the prescription to. Later that evening around 5:00pm my husband went to the pharmacy to pick it up. Our prescription was never called or emailed to them. My daughter was complaining of her eyes hurting her, so I called the after hours nurse. The after hours nurse called in the eye drops but not the allergy medication. She said she could only call in the eye drops. Over Thanksgiving we went out of town I had to stop by a rapid care clinic because my daughters allergies were really bad. Again, I had to pay another $30 copay, it could've been prevented if the PEDS east doctor had called her medications in the first time!This is the 2nd time I have been charged and paid a $30 copay. In the spring of 2016 my daughter showed signs/symptoms if a UTI. I took her to PEDS east Trussvillle. We saw the doctor and was told it wasn't a UTI (no test were done) and sent home. The rest of that day and night were terrible and my daughter was in a lot of pain. The next day I took my daughter to one of the doctors at PEDS east- Deerfoot. A urine sample was completed. My daughter had a UTI. This was (2) $30 copays I had to pay....also, I work full time and live 45 minutes away! I'm sure all the Medicare patients that don't pay copays are getting much better care & their prescriptions called in!
While I admire the profession, I am not too fond of doctors. Dr. Gilbert, however, is different. He actually treats patients as if they have an ability to think and he seems to allow patients to have some input in their own healthcare options. This is quite impressive and it is a big deal for me, especially because I am a Myers-Briggs INFJ (and INFJs tend to want to feel some control in situations). Also, he is very perceptive in that he is quick to notice patients' quirks and personal preferences and seems to oblige. The older schools of medicine may have indoctrinated doctors (no pun intended) with the idea that medicine is medicine and necessary procedures override the patients' need to feel safe, secure, and unbothered. Dr. Gilbert is fairly contemporary and 'marches to the beat of his own drum'. He wants patients to trust him and he ambitiously strives to be worthy of such trust.It may be that we both favor contemporary schools of thought, but that's good enough for me.
Serious issues with this doctor. If you want it in one sentence: Dr. Miller is an abuser who is beset with an ocean of pre-existing judgments, who doesn't listen to patients, does not gather sufficient information before drawing conclusions, and has no empathy. She is adversarial. Do not go to this office expecting any kindness, except from the medical assistants. If not for them, this medical practice would close in a heart beat...they are covering for the doctor before and after she makes her hurried appearance. She does not take time for appropriate physical assessment and makes abusive comments without listening first.
You do not want to use these people! Never sign anything! They will claim you signed papers you did not. And when you won't pay! They turn it in as income to the IRS, with out sending you anything! PLEASE BE AWARE OF THESE PEOPLE1
Where to begin! This physician has the worst office staff. I have called numerous times since 8/22/2014 asking them to please send my records to my new physician. Tracy, employee at Dr. Miller's, keeps telling me that they have 30 days. I realize that but my new physician has sent them a fax at least six times requesting records. I would think that Dr. Miller's office would take the five minutes to send them. On 9/16 I called Dr. Miller's yet again asking them to please send the records. I spoke with Laurie and she told me that the records has been sent on 9/15. I asked her if she was sure and she said that she was. I went to new physician today and they had not received records. Had to reschedule the appointment for another time and hoping Dr. Miller's office will send records. I was so stressed about all this trouble and they are not the type of office that wants to help you. Finally spoke with a neighbor that is a physician and was told to file a complaint with the Alabama AMA. I have never had a problem getting records but after reading reviews on other websites I will always check reviews before going to a new physician. My first visit at Dr. Miller's left me with a bad feeling. First the rudeness of the office staff and having to make a new appointment to get my lab results and paying another co pay. Actually I went to this physician because I was looking for a Functional Medicine Physician for my teenage daughter that has been sick since she was 12. When I made the first appointment for my daughter, I was told by the office that my daughter would be with the physician for at least an hour so she could find out all the problems. We met Dr. Miller and she asked me a few questions about my daughter and she left. I was so disappointed because she never even heard of half the symptoms my child was having. Read reviews on other sites about this physician if you are considering making an appointment. As a side note, this Dr. is not owed anything. I have pleaded with Tracy to please send the records because my daughter has been sick for so many years and she needs some help. No reason for them to keep records except sheer laziness and not care attitude.
Do yourself a favor and do not go here. He was rude, slow, and unprofessional. Go anywhere else.
I visited the office Friday in search of a good primary care physician since I have quite an extensive medical history. I was very glad to arrive and find out there weren't 3 additional 3:30p appts booked as I have had happen before. My wait time was nil and the staff was great and quite personable. I felt like they took their time with me. The online patient portal is definitely convenient and I love being able to see my actual lab results.
We met Dr Bob after my elderly father in law was bite by our dog. He and his staff were very professional and caring. There where several follow ups for wound care, antibiotics and all the necessary things you'd need for a dog bite. We were so impressed that we now use him for the whole family and all our needs.
Awesome place the reviews I read are dead wrong. Service is excellent!!!!
I took my daughter with a bad rash to see Dr. Bob. He came in the room looked at her did not ever touch her and charged me $ 75.00 because I don't insurance gave her meds which really did the job. We narrowed it down to being 3 different things and he want to do allergy test ( remember no insurance) and would not give any meds to help me narrow it down to one thing. He got rude on the phone with me told me that a lawyer would be charging me. I did not ask to talk to him his nurse sent me to him. and when all was said I told him since he could not help me to transfer my daughter records he raised his voise at me and hung up the phone on me before I could tell him where to transfer them. He has also done some things to my friend and my mom. Dr Bob if you read this or even care you are not the only doc in this area. Your office used to be a great place when the other Dr was there. Okay it makes since now. It was the other Dr that cared and keep it nice not you. Sorry I have told about 15 friends and all has something bad to say now.
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.