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914 Lipscomb StFort Worth, TX 76104
The doctors are awesome but the staff is a joke. 6 weeks I have been calling that office to get two issues handled. Been going there 7 years and never had an issue to deal with them till now. The office manager should be fired hands down. By the way, she's so caught up on her stuff she has taken…
1001 12th Ave Ste 104Fort Worth, TX 76104
I’ve been a patient for a long time & Dr Norma has treated numerous injuries and issues, but also keeps me going when things are working right! She is very personable & genuinely cares about the results. Generally no wait to see her and she has late hours for after work. She recently moved to a …
1141 Long AveFort Worth, TX 76114
From Business: At River Oaks Chiropractic Clinic we are dedicated to helping you achieve your health goals to improve your quality of life! Combining the skills and expertise of Chiropractic and wellness care, Dr. Dale White Jr. D.C. and the River Oaks Chiropractic Clinic team are committed to bringing Fort Worth, TX better health natura…
2035 Fort Worth HwyWeatherford, TX 76086
805 Hill Blvd Unit 109Granbury, TX 76048
From Business: Baylor Scott & White Rehab Outpatient Services offers physical therapy and specialized services for individuals with orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, sports and work-related injuries, and treatment for oncology, neurology and balance disorders at more than 65 locations throughout north Texas. As the outpatient ne…
805 Hill BlvdGranbury, TX 76048
6601 Harris PkwyFort Worth, TX 76132
Never go there! I chose them after visiting 2 facilities before hand. They gave a professional impression. I had double knee replacement on October 15th, 2012 at USMD Fort Worth. On the 19th I was transferred around the corner to Baylor Rehab. They could not find any paperwork. Bottom line was t…
929 Lipscomb StFort Worth, TX 76104
113 NE Johnson Ave Ste 100Burleson, TX 76028
12500 South FwyBurleson, TX 76028
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.
We've used Dr. Marsh for 9+ years and have never had a negative experience with him. His facility and staff are great.
Please look up Dr. Smith's license on the Texas Medical Board website before allowing him to touch you. Ask as many people as you know that who work for the hospital(s) he has performed surgery about him and get their opinion if you should be treated by him.
Dr. Binzer is an excellent surgeon. He has done my surgeries and I have been extremely pleased with his expertise and my outcomes. He is not a "surgery happy" doctor and will exhaust all available options before surgery. I have had great success on his non-surgical recommendations too. His staff is superior, caring and compassionate as is he. He really lives up to a "patient first" approach and means it whole heartedly. Nancy Shepard
Dr. Robinson Saved my life! I will always be grateful to him! He was wonderful. Very nice, took time to explain everything so I could understand. Took very good care of me at Hospital.. He was Great. Sandy Stephens
My husband and I have both had back surgery by Dr. Smith. He is awesome. Professional, caring and a gentleman. I would recommend him any day of the week.Jim and Pat Rasbeary
I have had one appt with Dr Hull and was so impressed with how instinctive she was after I explained the reasons I was there. She had a medical student observing which was great and reassuringly me that she was a teaching physician. She talked with me for half an hour explaining her treatment plan and her diagnosis with what was going on with me. She put my fears and anxiety to rest. I have finished all the testing she ordered and go back to see her in a couple of weeks. Her office staff are very good at setting an appt and getting me in as quickly as possible. They followed up to make sure all arrangements were good for me. I look forward to seeing Dr Hull again for my results and plan on keeping her as my neurologist for any issues. Linda H
Dr Binzer is a great and awesome doctor he listens to you. And he's their for you. Linda Baumwart
By far the worst doctor I have seen in my life, acted like a petulant child!! After waiting 3 months for an appointment with her, I was shocked by her appalling bedside manner, unprofessionalism, and complete lack of compassion. On my first appointment, she brought in 2 students to sit in before even having the professionalism to introduce herself to me or ask if having students in the room would be ok. I felt overwhelmed and I asserted my right as a patient to have them leave and she rolled her eyes at me saying “this is a teaching facility!” I was upset and told her that I was very anxious about my appointment, I had no idea and no one told me there would be 2 students with me in the room for my first appt., and I didn’t appreciate her rolling her eyes at me… she made faces of annoyance as she clicked the keys on her laptop and rolled her eyes again! I told her, you’re doing it again! Rolling your eyes at me! She said, I’m just trying to figure out what your problem is! We did proceed with a joke of an examination only because I was still holding out hope for some answers. She spent more time focused on her laptop than she did with me. She asked very few questions and overall seemed completely uninterested in my situation and was condescending and dismissive.
Dr Binzer is a wonderful Christian doctor and those are hard to come by. He has treated my Dad for about three years. But treats my parents like they are family.
Very unprofessional. I was searching for a new doctor and I was excited to find that Doctor Strickland took both of my insurances. I called and I was told that they were not taking new clients until Feb. 19. Knowing I needed to see a doctor asap and it would be about 2 months before I could get in. I went ahead and made the appointment for Feb, 19. They went as far as sending me the new client packet. After waiting for 6 weeks and still had 2 weeks to go I was called and told she now wasnt taking on new clients. Now with my kind of illness it was important for me to get in as soon as I can. After I went through all the trouble with changing my insurance to her and waiting alittle extra longer than I should have, now I find myself going through the same thing and still I am without a doctors care. I have to wait another 2 weeks for the change on my insurance and I am very annoyed by the disregard to irresponsibility of her profession. I have told and will keep telling others of your actions. Being a doctor comes with a very BIG responsibility. People count on doctors to keep appointments just as you expect us to keep ours. If we dont show up at a appointment most doctors still charge us a fee. So for you not keeping your appointment with me I do expect an apology for the total disregard of my rights as a client who chose you to take care of my life. Thank you for letting me know I made the wrong choice. I just pray you dont disregard your other clients as easily.
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.