Last year I delivered the Presidential address to the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in which I discussed the fact that the United States spends much more money on our health care than any other country in the world. In spite of this huge difference in spending, we don’t do as well as many other countries when we look at the statistics which measure quality such as life expectancy, perinatal mortality and many others. A report by the respected Institute of Medicine in 2013 revealed that we also have a higher number of people with chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart disease. So it would seem at first glance that our health care system is not up to the same level as other developed countries around the world and we should be ashamed of it.
But first impressions can sometimes be deceiving and we need to look a little deeper. Many of us have benefitted from “miracles of medicine” and survived conditions that once may have been fatal because of incredible scientific advances. We also have a huge and incredibly diverse population and one which has always welcomed immigrants and people from around the world. The other developed countries we have been compared with have much more homogeneous populations and are much smaller. Our population is larger than the combined populations of Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Switzerland. With size comes many problems of the distribution of medical care and many issues of social inequality. Other major issues are related to personal choices and responsibility that people make to smoke, not exercise and take care of themselves in general. It is well known that there is a huge increase in chronic conditions associated with obesity and smoking. We shouldn’t blame the resulting illnesses on inadequate quality of our healthcare system for what are self-induced habits and life styles. An interesting statistic is that 5% of U.S. population account for 50% of the money spent on healthcare.
So I don’t think we should be quite so hard on ourselves and our healthcare system in the United States for being second rate. America is still the place people from around the world come to for their healthcare when facing difficult problems The profession, which is made up of dedicated, caring individuals will continue to strive to improve the health of all our citizens as we always have. Our efforts need to be ongoing in trying to correct the social inequalities in our population, the access to healthcare and assist people in taking more responsibility for their own health with life style changes.
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Congratulations to Dr's Carducci, Diebel, Jones and Logan for being voted "Best Doctors" in the December edition of Orlando Magazine.
Congratulations to Dr's Durkee and Jones for being named "Top Doctors" in the Orlando Magazine.
We are happy to announce that we will be resuming our "Early Pregnancy Class". This class is geared for first-time expectant parents in the first and second trimesters, and for pregnant patients who are new to our practice. This class is FREE OF CHARGE.
Please join us for a tour of what to expect during your pregnancy, learn more about the doctors and nurse practitioners, hear about testing options, and ask as many questions as desired! We will be hosting these classes regularly every other month on Thursday evenings, and future scheduled dates are forthcoming. The class begins at 6:00 pm, and is held at the Winter Park office location- 1551 Clay Street Winter Park , 32789.
Please call the office at (407 ) 644- 5371 or speak with the cashiers to sign up for the class. It will be hosted by Dr. George Amyradakis and Dr. Wendy Quirino. We look forward to seeing you there !
On January 1, 2014 our practice converted to a new electronic medical records and computer system. The good news for you is that the new Patient Portal will enable you easier access to do many more things such as:
- complete paperwork ahead of your visit
- receive and view lab results
- request prescription refills
- request future appointments
- ask questions
There is also a free app available on iTunes and Google Play called "Healow" which allows access to the Patient Portal from your smartphone.
Please note that your previous Patient Portal registration (on the old computer system prior to Jan 1, 2014) will not work on this new system.
You must be registered on the new Patient Portal and have an account.
If you no longer have, or have forgotten your username and password, please contact our support staff at : firstname.lastname@example.org
For security purposes, please include your date of birth and phone number in your email.
If you know your username you can request your password online at the portal login screen.
Your patient portal is best viewed in Internet Explorer 8 and above, Google Chrome, and Firefox. If you are using an Apple MAC please use Safari.
***You must be web-enabled by our office prior to being able to register on the portal. You may use the above email contact or call the office to make your request.
“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is love of humanity” ~Hippocrates
When I joined this practice 18 years ago, I was fresh out of residency at Arnold Palmer Hospital and ready to use all of the medical knowledge I had learned over four grueling, sleepless years. I felt confident with my surgical skills, and felt that I could handle just about any obstetric emergency that came my way, diagnose any female-type rash or infection, and help women navigate the twisty turns of menopause. Dr. Marnique Jones and I came through the four years of residency together, and were fresh, 30 year old doctors eager to join this practice that Drs Diebel and Lazar had founded many years before. We were both busy from the start, and rapidly gained a large group of patients who would follow us both for many years to come.
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