12/21/2012
By: capella
Colonial Internal Medicine
Nurse and Physician Assistant pleasant and efficient but the administration end of this operation is cheesy. (1) They charged me a co-pay when my insurance clearly says that I should not have to pay one for this type of visit and (2) to get a copy of my test results I'm told I have to send them a stamped self-addressed envelope or stop by (a 60-mile round trip for me). Really? I'm not sure I'm comfortable dealing with an outfit operating this close to the bone financially. Not sure i will return to this practice.
07/24/2013
By: Linda J.
Colonial Internal Medicine
The physicians at Colonial Internal Medicine really an active approach in getting to know me and my family so they provide us with the best medical treatment in the state. My family and I have been patients of Dr. McDowell since 2006 and have always been treated with the utmost respect and compassion. Dr. McDowell and his staff have seen our family through both the happy and difficult times in life. I am proud to say our family are patients of this great practice.
Tips & Advices
A gastroenterology clinic is a facility that provides a wide range of gastroenterological services. These services are typically geared toward the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases that affect the liver, digestive tract, stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, biliary tract, pancreas, colon, and small intestine. Gastroenterology clinics also offer nutritional support for many issues that impact the digestive tract.
The national average for a new-patient office visit to a gastroenterologist is $428. However, the cost for a gastroenterologist visit can vary quite significantly, and it is dependent on the services that will be performed during the consultation. Many gastroenterologists accept insurance and Medicaid, and payments can be made using cash, credit cards, or debit cards.
The length of time required for a gastroenterologist appointment depends on the condition that is being treated. If this is your first visit, you can expect the appointment to last 30 to 60 minutes, and the gastroenterologist will use this time to gather detailed medical information about your current problems and past medical history. For returning clients, appointments typically run a bit shorter.
A colonoscopy may be performed to help your gastroenterologist diagnose causes of intestinal problems such as rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, chronic constipation, and chronic diarrhea. A colonoscopy is also used to screen patients from colon cancer, and it's often recommended that patients who are 50 and older have one done every 10 years. Your gastroenterologist might also use a colonoscopy to identify the presence of polyps.
A colonoscopy is a test that enables gastroenterologists to take a close look at the inner lining of your rectum and colon. With this test, a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope is inserted into the anus. This tube has a light and a camera attached, and it gives doctors the chance to capture photos or video of your colon.

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