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Old 01-16-2009, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Anyone have any experience with this particular endocrinologist? Supposed to be really great and people come from all over the country to see him. He is not on anyone's provider list and you have to pay your fees up front and get what you can from your insurance. Has his own in-house labs etc. and sells his own vitamins. Heard he is great - but don't know personally know anyone who has gone (could be due to the $$$ factor). Any experience with him -- anyone?
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:52 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Yes, I know of him. As far as I know, you need a referral and he only works with cancer (mostly thyroid) patients. He's with MD Anderson.

I've run through several endos in Houston as I have Hashimoto's.
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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No, found out that you can see him w/o a referral and his thyroid center is located in that private University General Hospital on Fannin. Initial appt. is $300 w/o testing and additional testing can be $300-$2000 depending on what your issues are. Pricey option but heard he is one of Houston's best but curious if those who have spent those kind of $$$ believe that it is worth every penny or if they can get the same care/treatment from other endocrinologists in the area.
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Well, I dunno--I'm just going off my BCBS TX book, but it's from Sept 2007. *shrugs*
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Yes I wanted to make an appt. w/him but geez - that is a lot of $$$$. And you pay up front - he isn't on anyones preferred provider care anymore. He certainly is highly-regarded in the entire country but sounds like he is as pricey as Hotze. Isn't there someone out there who has the same interest/expertise in patients as those two that doesn't have to charge an arm and a leg that insurance won't cover.
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Old 04-28-2009, 07:22 AM
 
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Thumbs up Ridha Arem MD

I am a patient of Dr. Arem's. He is congenial and funny. He is also an excellent endocronologist. Regarding Insurance - I believe he does not accept insurance because of the different requirements and paperwork and insurance rules to follow. My original fee, while high, covered many tests and procedures. My follow-ups generally run $300. I believe $200 of that is for labs. I did not need a referral. Another great thing about his office is there is a very short waiting time and I have never seen the waiting room too full. My last endo's waiting room was so crowded it was hard to get a seat and often a long wait. Is this because the staff overbooks?

Another great thing I noticed is most of his patients (in the waiting room) are all thin! This made me very happy.

His vitamins are excellent. Note the ingredients. Exactly what the doctor ordered. lol

Hope this helps.

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Old 04-28-2009, 08:30 AM
 
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Default Paging mom2feebs

...briefly hijacking this thread to ask mom2 what her current status line means?? Just curious... I thought initially it was a pediatric intensive care unit! Hope not....

Also...any developments in placing your dog in a new home??? Hope so!! Catfancier's two felines are asking for an update....
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:54 AM
 
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I believe Post Anesthesia Care Unit
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:36 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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OMG I am so sorry, I just meant City-Data's PACU, because I was banned here up until about 4 days ago and that was just a joke to say I'm "coming out of my anesthesia". I wasn't thinking. Sorry!
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:41 PM
 
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OMG I am so sorry, I just meant City-Data's PACU, because I was banned here up until about 4 days ago and that was just a joke to say I'm "coming out of my anesthesia". I wasn't thinking. Sorry!

That's okay...thanks for clearing up that it wasn't some hospital thing! Still don't know what the City-Data PACU is or how "banning" works here (what are we, Amish? ) but whatever...

But...any update on the pooch?
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