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11/18/2013
By: Dominic B.
Bluewater Orthopedics
I saw Doctor Markowski in the Destin Office. I am very pleased with the Doctor and surgery but very displeased with the support staff. Customer care and treatment was horrid after they had there full payment up front and the surgery was complete. They put more emphasis on scheduling new surgeries and clients rather than taking care of the ones they already have. I felt like I was just pushed through a surgery mill and was shown no priority after the Surgery. I even had to schedule a follow up early because of the pain I was in. Again, pleased with the doctor but it took the support staff over 5 hours to call in a prescription for pain meds that were badly needed. I was told by the support staff they did not have time to call it in because they were seeing patients. So basically I was left to feel that once I was seen and money taken I was of no importance to them while I in the mean time was suffering. Very Disappointed. I will never use Blue Water Orthopedics ever again.
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