Mark Griffis, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
- family medicine
- family medicine
Location and Office HoursLower Ocone Clinic
117 1st St
Rhine, GA 31077
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- United Healthcare
- Dodge County Hospital
- Dodge County Hospital
How can I find out what hospital a doctor uses?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answeredYou may find out what hospital your physician uses by going online on their website. If there is any question, call the hospital and confirm with the medical staff office. Most doctors will list on their website hospital affiliations.
What is an internal medicine doctor?
Robin Miller, MD, Integrative Medicine, answeredAn internal medicine doctor is a doctor who treats adults. Internists are trained in general medicine so that they take care of patients for overall health conditions that range from the top of the body down to the toes. That would include areas such as the brain, thyroid, heart, stomach, liver, bones and even mental health.
Once doctors are trained in internal medicine they may decide to specialize in specific areas such as Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Neurology to name a few. All these specialists have been trained as internists first.
A general internist is the kind of doctor who you might go to as a regular physician for preventive and ongoing care as you age. If you have a problem, he or she can evaluate your condition and either treat you or refer you to the appropriate specialist. An internist can maintain the overall view of what is going on with you and manage the big picture when it comes to your health.
How do I choose a doctor for my cancer care?
American Cancer Society answered
Going through the process of choosing a doctor can take time, and many people are tempted to rush through it to start their treatment sooner. Keep in mind, though, that most people with cancer have enough time to be sure that they get the best care possible. Ask the doctor who found your cancer whether you need to take action right away or if you can take a short but safe amount of time to check out all your options.
Carefully choosing the doctor you need now (such as a good surgeon, radiologist, and/or oncologist) will pay off for years to come. Your relationship with this person will probably last through treatment into long-term follow-up care.
Before you start looking for a doctor, think about the qualities you want your doctor to have. For instance:
- Choose a doctor who has experience with your type of cancer. Studies show that doctors have better success treating a condition if they have a lot of experience with it.
- You will probably need a doctor who is part of your health plan (often called a preferred provider) and/or accepts your health insurance. Otherwise, you may have to pay for your health care yourself. (For more on this, call us at 1-800-227-2345 for a copy of Health Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient, or read it at cancer.org)
- Pick a doctor who has privileges (is able to practice) at a hospital that you are willing to use. Doctors can only send patients to hospitals where they have admitting privileges.
- Choose a doctor you feel comfortable with. Languages spoken, gender, ethnicity, and educational background may be important factors for you. You may also have strong feelings about personality and bedside manner. Some people prefer their doctors to have a business-like manner, while others value a doctor who can help with their emotional health as well as their medical needs. Many people whose illnesses require long-term treatment prefer a friendly relationship with their doctor.
The next step is to schedule appointments with a few doctors. The most important question to ask them is how much experience they have in treating your type of cancer. If you are meeting with surgeons, find out how often they perform the type of surgery you need, how many of these surgeries they have performed before, and what their success rate is.
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