Ratings for Dr. Gerald W. Newman
While I had no problems with my treatment, like others I found a very lax attitude towards patient confidentiality in this practice. During an examination, I requested a refill on an ointment for cold sores. The doctor literally yelled from the examination room out to the nurse: "Renew Mr. ***'s prescription for Denavir". The nurse replied: "for what"? He yelled again: "Denavir - it's a herpes drug"! Everyone in the office heard him! In addition, other patients were open and plainly visible on the nurse's station.
I went to Dr. Newman for my annual skin cancer check, that I had been to other dermatologists for. He just had my stand up in the paper gown and turn around, which was a lot less than any other doctor had done. I had one small lesion and I asked if he could freeze it off as other doctors had done at no charge. He mentioned nothing about a charge for that and sprayed it and I left. His treatment did nothing for my lesion; it's still there. So imagine my surprise when I received the EOB from my insurance company and Dr. Newman charged well over $100 for the 15 second spray that didn't work and that left me with more than $100 for me to pay!! I spoke with someone from his office about it and she was rude and said I had to pay it. What a rip off!
I saw Dr. Newman today. This was the second time he treated me. I found him to be professional, knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable in understanding my medical issue. His staff is friendly and courteous. I sure do not understand the other reviews at all. Both of my experiences with Dr. Newman have been great.
It was a little over 1 hour from my appt time until Dr newman walked in the room. that was after listening to the entire conversation that he had with the 2 prior patients from their exam rooms while i was sitting in my exam room waiting. the only time the md closes the door is when you take off your clothes. after my exam, i had to remind him twice that i was there for a check on a post-op skin cancer site. he squinted at it in the hall and said- ah- looks fine. while doing a mole check, he didn't even ask me to stand up so he could check the back of my legs! the previous writer is correct- there are blatant HIPPA violations. i could easily read patient names on papers and charts at the front desk and they used patient names in discussions.
There is little to no patient confidentiality in this office. On most of my visits there while waiting in the waiting area, I could clearly hear (as I'm sure did all others in the waiting room) Dr. Newman and/or his assistants speaking to a patient regarding their condition and/or giving care instructions while they were in the first exam room to the right of the waiting room. In addition to this poor practice, Dr. Newman's fees billed to my insurance company are substantially higher than that of any other dermatologist that I have visited for the exact same procedure.
I had a 2:00 p.m. appointment for which I had to cut out of work early. I am an hourly employee, so every hour I'm not at work, it costs me. I showed up at 1:45, and had to fill out no paperwork. Dr. Newman finally saw me at 4:05 p.m. after standing out in the hallway several times with his staff discussing community events for minutes. His total time with me, after waiting in a room for 25 minutes, was 2 minutes in which he seemed rushed. He left, I waited another 15 minutes for a nurse, and then was shown the door. I left at 5:20 p.m. and spent nearly 3 and a half hours there for a 2 minute procedure. I'm done with Dr. Newman. At a restaurant, when I get poor customer service, I leave a poor tip. With Dr. Newman, my only recourse is to never return.
Dr. Gerald W. Newman's Credentials
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- Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611 (Grad. 1978)
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