Not only should a doctor’s staff be friendly and helpful, but they should be professional. That entails accuracy, discretion, politeness, efficiency and other characteristics of a professionally run medical office.
Lori Masteller, DO
Specialty: Family Medicine
- family medicine
- family medicine
Location and Office HoursSusquehanna Valley Medical Specialties
6850 Lows Rd
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Capital Health Plan
- Coventry HealthAmerica
- First Health
- Geisinger Health Plan
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
- United Healthcare
- Community General Osteopathic Hospital Pinnacle Health
- Fulton County Medical Center
- HealthSouth Altoona Rehabilitation Hospital
- Holy Spirit Hospital
- The Bloomsburg Hospital
- How can I determine if a doctor’s staff will be friendly and helpful?
How can I find out if a doctor has been sued for malpractice?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredFinding out if a doctor has been sued for botched practicing is certainly a legitimate qualifying factor when you're shopping for a new physician or specialist. As long as the info is put into context, that is.
To find out if any malpractice lawsuits have been filed against a physician, call the county clerk's office where he or she practices, as well as the state medical licensing board and the state insurance department (you can ask the latter if any claims are on record for the doctor). You can also check your doctor's record on Web sites such as www.docboard.org.
Just remember that it's common for doctors to be sued, and many cases are dismissed or the physicians win, so the fact that a doctor has been sued for malpractice isn't necessarily a damning sign.
However, if he or she has been sued several times in the past few years and many of those suits have been settled or resulted in the award of large sums to the patient, I, as a doctor, would see that as a warning sign to move on. Lighting can indeed strike in the same spot twice, but four or five times is a little troubling.
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How can I determine if a doctor will see patients at night or on weekends?
Most physicians will not see patients in their offices or at the patient’s home in the evening or on weekends. Some will, however, and there is a new practice model called Concierge Medicine in which physicians promise greater access for a fee. Typically, if a patient calls a physician after hours, that doctor, or a covering doctor, will respond, discuss symptoms and advise the patient to immediately go to the emergency department at a nearby hospital if it is a critical problem or come in to the doctor’s office the next day if the need is not urgent.
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