Dr. Uma Belgaumkar

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Specialty:Family / G.P.
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Rating: 3.0 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 39 reviews. Dr. Uma Belgaumkar has a fair overall rating on RateMDs.com. neutral

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Family / G.P.-related: general practice, general care, family medicine, family practice, primary care
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RID: 5598507
04/07/14 1 4 2 2 Her staff are very cold. Can't understand them both on the telephone. I actually prefer going to a walk in clinic rather than go to her office. Any pain = physio - guesses at the cause. You basically have to tell her what you want and she will sometimes do it. She doesn't really pay attention to what you say and it has become worse since they became "chartless". Having worked in the medical/dental field I don't trust her staff to follow up nor do I trust her to follow up either. 
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RID: 2395607
07/08/12 4 5 4 4 Dr Belgaumkar is always on time, listens well, and does her best to help. She does often seem to be in a hurry to get through the appointment, though, which I don't like, and is often saying her last words to me as she walks out the door. I also think she charges too much for extras that she can't bill for. A few years ago she offered patients access to a computer service that would tell us when we should be coming in for check-ups-- but only at a steep price! I thought that was part of the service that doctors provide. I know that the practice of medicine is changing but I do feel that Dr. Belgaumkar errs a bit too much on the side of charging for services. I have also found that she doesn't always remember my medical history at times when she needs to. I do feel that she does her best at her job.  Respond
RID: 1709867
09/02/12 1 1 1 3 She was our family doctor for 7 years. Always found her to be cold, disinterested and extremely unhelpful. When we went to her because my daughter was suffering from shakes in the morning she said that there was nothing wrong. 1 year later we got a referral and she was diagnosed with epilepsy. In later appointments, Belguamkar forgot that my daughter even had epilepsy. On our last appointment she said that she didn't even know that I had children. Overall, very unhelpful, uncaring and a terrible doctor.  Respond
RID: 1454220
01/06/11 2 3 3 3 I went a few times to this doctor several years back and always felt rushed. The initial paperwork instructed me to only bring one problem per visit. I went to see her years ago for a pregnancy test. I was instructed to wait for my results in the waiting room. One of the receptionists walked up to me and told me my result in the middle of the waiting room and that was the end of my appointment! I never went back. Can't recommend.  Respond
RID: 1420835
19/04/11 3 4 3 3 I've been seeing her for years, not because she's great but because she's "good enough." She appears uncaring at times although I'm not sure she really feels that way. She recently sent through a referral to a specialist where she misstated the problem because she didn't take the time to understand the problem when I told her about it. Her office tends to not call when promised. She has tried to help when I was in a serious situation and the system was causing problems. Overall, she's OK but I wouldn't trust her with serious issues. (But then, she's a GP. I don't really expect exceptional knowledge.)  Respond
RID: 1330479
07/01/11 2 2 1 1 Uma WAS my doctor for 3 years. I found her to be uncaring, lacks empathy and has little to no assessment skills. I am a RN who almost died d/t her negligence. I ended up in emergency surgery the very same day I was in her office, she didn't even do vital signs or order blood work on me. All she could say to me is "you're fine". I am now fine seeing a different doctor. Please find another doctor!  Respond
RID: 1272828
16/10/10 3 5 4 5 I am no longer a patient but I always liked her and felt she treated me well while I was on her service. I saw her for a variety of things and while I was frustrated with serious back pain that went univestigated for a long time, no one with an MD was paying any attention at all so I can't just blame her. Once she found out how bad it really was she gave any tests, refferals or medication I needed and was always easy to talk to when I came in for refills, physicals or follow-ups. I did notice an decrease in the excellent service I used to get from her front office staff after someone had to move but I didn't blame her for that. I did feel that she did rush through visits a bit but I blame the provincial fee-per-visit billing structure for that. She was always supportive and professional with me - she wasn't perfect but she was pretty darn good and an ENORMOUS improvement on the walk-in-clinic Drs I had been trying to get help from before I found her.  Respond
RID: 1203420
07/07/10 1 2 1 1 Beyond incompetent including the front desk. Belguamkar doesn't listen, doesn't appear to have a very solid knowledge base. I guess she passed the exams and start counting her money. Doesn't look after her patients "next". No follwo-up, little concern. Front desk, "oh I faxed it to the wrong number no wonder we left you hanging for 2 months." Victoria has many others to choose from, avoid Belguamkar if you plan on support for your health needs.  Respond
RID: 1110325
19/02/10 1 3 4 4 I've been a patient for six years. I didn't like the form they made me fill out at the beginning - basically promising not to pester them too much. It gave the impression the office thinks of patients as a burden. I've never found the staff too friendly and, in fact, find them stressed out and seemingly far too busy for their (or patients') own good. They look like they are always frazzled. Dr. Belgamkar has always been very accommodating to me. I've only gone in for pap tests once a year and she has good bedside manner. Can't comment on lateness.. she's only been late by 5-10 mins. I do worry abt bad reviews but wonder if the same person is giving the same rating over and over - seems similar wording used again and again. I only went to her once for something serious and she took it seriously and sent me to a specialist and ran tests (no prescriptions). She's never prescribed me anything, in fact. I quite like her.  Respond
RID: 1085312
21/01/10 3 5 5 5 This is a great doctor. She is kind and understanding, and treats embarrassing issues with respect and dignity. I know how busy Drs in Victoria are, and that the system isn't perfect. But she makes the most out of my time slot with her, and will always see me again if I feel there's more to be done/said. She has also been very supportive of me when I have not liked the specialists I've seen. I think that some of the reviews on this page are negative due t the way the system functions, and not directly b/c of how Dr. Belgaumkar treats her patients.  Respond
RID: 1032338
12/11/09 2 1 1 1 This woman will always find excuses to make you keep coming back for more appts without actually resolving anything. Do not get involved with this woman, as she seems to only be interested in making money. Its disgusting. She probably causes more cancer and disease by stressing out her patients...but I guess that's a good thing since it'll mean more appts which means more money for her  Respond
RID: 984171
10/09/09 1 1 1 1 This doctor is not to be trusted. She gave me the wrong dosage for my thyroid meds, then discontinued me as a patient because I dared to be a little upset with her incompetent rececptionists (this is a few years back now). No one there would return my phonecalls so I could get the perscription changed to the right dosage. And she had the nerve to dismiss ME??  Respond
 
03/07/09 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 921526
24/06/09 1 1 1 1 As a nurse I would not recommend her to anyone. She does not do her homework and has extremely poor communication skills. I was left in the hallway unsure if my appointment with her was over. By far the worst, close minded doctor i have ever dealt with.  Respond
RID: 869777
24/04/09 4 5 5 5 She's always been fantastic to me. I had a serious ongoing problem and she always made time for me, even going so far as to fit me in when I really needed to see her on a day she was fully booked. She's discussed numerous options and treatments with me and I've felt like part of the process. She's and never made me feel embarrassed. She always remembers details about my personal life which I didn't expect. She also always remembers and reminds me to book my physical (I hate physicals and always put them off).  Respond
RID: 703787
17/10/08 1 2 1 2 Please do yourself a favour and avoid this physician at all costs. She is extremely abrupt and argumentative and seems annoyed that you are even in her office. Every time I left her office almost in tears feeling undermined and belittled. After dealing with infertility for over two years while she was my physician I finally requested an ultrasound to which she replied "Whatever, I don't care." Well, I actually happened to care. She told me she would schedule one after my physical, and when I waited over three months for the appointment I called to confirm two days before the appointment and was told she went on early maternity. I switched to a new doctor and was pleasantly suprised to find someone that I felt was on my side and actually cared about my wellbeing. Please don't bother with this rude unprofessional woman.  Respond
RID: 648773
26/07/08 4 5 5 5 The best doctor I have ever had. Kind, patient, knowledgeable and supportive. I feel very comfortable talking to her, and I have never felt rushed. The negative comments on this page are completely out of line and appear to refer to a different person. Uma is a find, and you would be lucky to have her as a doctor.  Respond
RID: 630953
05/07/08 2 4 2 3 In the few visits I had with her, not much happened. I always felt rushed and insignificant. She has a nice office, and is polite. When I first called to register as her patient I was asked if I had any addictions, then was told that she won't deal with drug addicts. So I lied and said no. I'm addicted to marijuana, and I never brought it up in fear that I again would be without a doctor. During the time I was her patient, I relied on my chiropractor more for general health... he really cared, where Uma just didn't seem interested. One thing I did like was that she didn't seem uncomfortable talking about female sexual health, and even recommended the HPV vaccine. She was fairly punctual as well.  Respond
RID: 624709
26/06/08 5 2 4 4 I have always had a good time with her. She always gave me good answers to my questions with sound knowledge but explained in a understandable way. Did a quick 5 minute procedure that a walk-in doctor said I would have to pay 200$ for. She is right to the point which is I want  Respond
RID: 610824
09/06/08 5 5 5 5 Love her! I'm so happy I found her! She is very thorough, always willing to listen and is very good with my kids. I recommend her to family and friends all the time.  Respond
RID: 574416
23/04/08 5 4 2 3 Uma rushed trough my physical, failed to do a breast exam, has terrible bedside manner, didn't cover me at all during the pap (very embarrassing) and walked out while I was still talking to her. I can't wait to find a new doctor. I have always had male doctors before and preferred every one of them to her! When Uma was on Mat Leave last year, I saw Dr. Jennifer White. I loved her. Excellent bedside manner and not at all shy about asking/answering potentially embarrassing or difficult questions. I wish I could find out where she practices. Haven't been able to locate her.  Respond
RID: 570304
19/04/08 5 5 5 5 Uma is a great GP. She has a busy practice because I think its hard to find a female doc in victoria. My family and I have never felt rushed and have always had our concerns dealt with in a professional manner. Gentle at physicals too!  Respond
RID: 568164
16/04/08 5 5 5 5 I think Uma is an amazing Doctor, anyone would be lulcky to have her, She gets right to the point and gets the diagnostics done to diagnos issues. She has helped me very much.  Respond
RID: 540370
17/03/08 5 3 1 1 VERY disatisfied with this "Dr." and do not belive this women should be practicing. I've always felt rushed and that unless I'm popping out a baby I feel she could care less. She is always leaving mid-conversation (yes, medically based conversation now to be heard by the whole office as she opens the door). Two years ago when I checked the College of Physicians web site, she made the highest income and cycled through some of the most patients in BC. It wasn't legistically possible that each patient was given the time paid for. I should of ran then, but thought she was 'nice' and perhaps paying off student loans. Nice doesn't cut it for anyone's health and I should've been more diligent. This site has seriously opened up my eyes. I would not recomend anyone use this 'Dr.' and would urge all to write the College of Physicians outlining their disatisfaction. I feel this women has been a set back to my health.  Respond
RID: 539810
16/03/08 5 5 1 4 There are intimations that Dr. Belgaumkar is a caring person... unfortunately I have yet to see this side of her! Bedside manner is somewhat non-existent and, as other commenters have mentioned, she always seems to be in a rush. Speaking for myself and some fellow patients, I would rather wait a few minutes for my appointment and get more quality time with her than be on time yet totally hurried; perhaps she needs to re-think scheduling. To her credit, Dr. B seems to know her science if not her people skills. Although I have felt in the past like the secretaries (super nice! and very efficient...) are more interested in the condition my injuries than Dr. Belgamkaur is...  Respond
RID: 535302
10/03/08 5 3 5 5 I've gone to her for some very embarrassing issues and she's always been extremely supportive and professional.  Respond
RID: 524593
26/02/08 5 5 5 5 I really like her! She makes me feel comfortable asking ANY questions, and isn't patronizing at all.  Respond
RID: 519044
20/02/08 3 3 1 1 I'm glad to read others feel as i do. She does do things in a flash and leaves without proper closure or feeling. Poor rapport skills. Doesn't listen to legitimate concerns (and I am not a complainer, rarely go to the doctor). Belittling. Have had my doubts about whether she really knows her stuff. Office is clean. Staff has always been pleasant. I get in relatively quickly. But don't enjoy my time with her at all.  Respond
RID: 512609
13/02/08 5 5 5 5 I was satisfied with her great choice of a surgeon for a medical problem I had . I felt she understood me and took the time to listen. Thank you Dr.Belgaumkar  Respond
RID: 510417
10/02/08 1 2 1 1 One of the worst physicians I have ever seen, uninterested, leaves before you are finished speaking, quick to write a prescription, she is good at that...trust me, find another doc  Respond
RID: 505901
06/02/08 2 3 1 2 Really unsatisfied with this doctor. Always seems rushed and uninterested. Moving elsewhere as soon as I can arrange another GP.  Respond
 
12/12/07 SYSTEM: 3 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 455259
03/12/07 3 4 2 3 She is usually a few minutes late for every appointment, I have never gotten in early. Rushed. Often she gets up and heads for the door while I am still talking, only a few minutes into the appointment. Several visits were needed for an admittedly complex problem, but at < 5 minutes each you have to wonder. Her prescription pad is out and ready the minute there is a hint of a problem.  Respond
RID: 268513
09/04/07 3 2 3 Seems like a nice person but I haven't had the greatest experience with her from a medical stand-point. I passed out on the floor in her waiting room once and no one seemed to care. After I came to I was directed to a couch and then basically ignored and left to make my way home..no one got Dr. Belgaumkar or even offered to call someone to come get me. She's usually in a rush which I do understand...sometimes... but when it happens almost everytime?? She needs to look at her practice and adjust booking times. I would switch doctors but it is really hard to find a female MD around here!!!  Respond
RID: 242541
29/03/07 2 1 1 Completely unprofessional! Appears to not know much regarding the medical profession. Impatient and doesn't read charts or call when tests results come back indicating a problem. Loves to write prescriptions! Has never performed a physical or pap on me and it has been over 3 years now. I find myself going to walk-in clinics more than I see her. Also, they lost my medical file when I had it sent over to them from my last doctor. I'm looking for a new physician and planning to leave Dr. Belgaumkar.  Respond
RID: 220644
21/03/07 5 5 5 Fantastic Dr. Very sweet and willing to listen. Very gentle with paps and as to the person who said she was in and out in 5min for a pap. not true she is quick with the pap part and always comes back in to discuss other matters. i mean who wants to spend 30min gettting a pap?  Respond
RID: 215405
20/03/07 4 5 5 I have found Uma to be very gentle in her approach and always courteous and willing to listen to what ails you. She has always been helpful to me whenever I have needed her.  Respond
RID: 208709
17/03/07 4 4 5 I loved Dr. Belgaumkar. I had to move away and wish i could have taken her with me. She spend as much time with me as i needed. Gave me options. I had some difficult medical issues and she always sent me to the appropriate specialist. If i move back to town i hope she will still be practising and accepting new patients.  Respond
RID: 204024
16/03/07 2 1 2 She seemed to be in and our of the room in 5 minutes after booking a full physical which shows you how much effort she takes into getting to know her patients and their issues. There is minimal conversation and explanation for treatments. Either she doesnt know what shes talking about or shes just lazy.  Respond
RID: 198976
14/03/07 4 4 4 I like her, she is very nice and kind. She explains why she is doing a particular test or treatment or prescribing something, and is willing to work with you if you suggest trying another treatment or option.  Respond
RID: 105143
21/01/07 2 2 3 Terrible bedside manner. Not empathic. Doesn't look you in the eye. Always in a hurry. Doesn't read charts. Laughs in a girly nervous way about things that are rather serious. Doesn't follow up. Will be leaving her practice soon if I can find another female doctor.  Respond
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