Ratings for Dr. Richard R. Babkes
My appointment started close to on time which was nice. Dr. Babkes spent about 10 minutes with me, which seemed like not enough time. It seemed like the entire time he just wanted me to hurry up and leave. I tried to explain side effects I had from other Rx's, when my pain occurs, etc. So he prescribed me a medication and it has given me horrible, horrible side effects. Once I did some extensive research on the Rx, I am confused to why this was ever even prescribed to me. When he finally called me back to discuss my bad side effects, he tried to shove me onto another drug without listening to me. When I declined that drug (I was researching it while on the phone with him) he got very upset and suggested that I just take Excedrin from now on.
Dr Babkes in the two interactions I experienced with him over the phone today, impressed me as a highly impatient, rude, individual who lacked empathy for me as a patient and curiously for someone who took the Hypocratic oath, displayed a complete inability to communicate effectively, kindly, and rationally when asked questions related to my test results and recommended follow up based on those results. Professionalism in my opinion goes way beyond so called stated accollades and titles. Drs. who display care and a love for the profession of doctoring even on a bad day, like most professionals try to at least show respect and courteous behaviour towards the people with whom they are working. I value and appreciate that kind of humanity.
Unfortunately, i am not able to select .5 stars for this doctor. I was under the impression that most individuals who become doctors do so because they care about people and their patients. This is COMPLETELY the opposite case when it comes with Dr. Richard Babkes. He actually yelled at me one time when i had to call his after hours line because my pharmacy told me that i had run out of refills and needed to contact my dr to have a new prescription written. I had run out of meds, so I had to call instead of waiting until regular business hours. But i thought that the after hours line was for AFTER HOUR emergencies??? So that's just one of many really bad experiences that I've had with him. Another is that he doesn't keep good records. Everytime i change jobs, the new insurance company requires that the doctor send over documentation to prove that i require the name brand version of the medication instead of the generics. He didn't remember that i had already tried the generic (as one of his patients) so he essentially said that he couldn't help me, and that I either had to take the generic or pay the $1000/month that the insurance company would force me to pay. Well needless to say that it resulted in VERY poor results when i took the generic, so he eventually wrote the required note to the insurance company so that i could take the name brand only. So fast forward 2 years and i change insurance companies again and what do you know...he does it again. No response from him when i tell him that i'm out of meds and the new insurance company is waiting on him to send documentation. I made several calls and received no response from him so i went to his office and got a history of my information from his secretary and let him know that I will be getting a new neurologist. Did he care. Nope. I guess he already knew that the chances of me being able to find a new neurologist within the next month or so was little to none (which i found out the next day)....especially since I was still out of meds. So i called him back the next day to kindly ask if he would still call the insurance company because i am still out of meds. His response was...actually, the response that he gave his secretary to tell me (because he wasn't even man enough to call me himself), was to tell your new Neurologist to call them. Wow...tell me that's not something you're 13 year old daughter would say to you (opposed to someone who is supposed to be a professional). Again...these are only a few of the childish, and unprofessional experiences that I've had with this doctor. Simply put...if you're looking for a GOOD doctor...look somewhere else.
Can not understand why he is so highly rated. I was very polite and yet he was extremely irritated to answer any questions. At first he seemed more patient and nice, but I did not improve after taking the different medications he prescribed. He suspected MS and ordered a brain mri. When I told him that I suffered from chronic back pain and could the MRI please also include the spine, he became very angry and actually scratched out the spine MRI option off of the order form. Not a single line through, but he completely scribbled it out until it was no longer legible. I later found out through my new neurologist (who ordered the spinal MRI) that I have stenosis as well as pinched nerves resulting from slipped discs which explained the numbness in my feet. He told me my symptoms were related to "Stress" which he does not treat. YET, he insisted on scheduling a follow up in 3 months which I refused. They then charged me a missed appointment fee for the appointment I declined! He could be extremely rude, too! He actually stormed out of his office and slammed the door while I was still sitting there on the exam table. I didn't know if I was supposed to leave or what was happening. If you are an empowered, informed patient, go elsewhere. He seems the type that will only attempt to help you if you defer to him blindly without asking any questions. His practice will however continue to schedule and bill for appointments when they claim you have a condition which they do not treat. Before he became so belligerent and rude, I actually recommended him to two people I know. I had to go back to them and retract the recommendation and recommend my new neurologist instead.
I was treated with kindness and professionalism by the entire staff. Dr. Babkes was kind,and patient, . His diagnosis and treatment were right on target. He is the best Doctor I've ever seen. I was having physical problems that had not been treated properly. His treatment changed my life.
This doctor and his office gave me the worst medical help ever. The front desk ladies are very rude and make you feel very bad, even worse than you already felt. I called in to tell them I was running a few minutes late because of traffic. The lady that answer the phone was so rude saying that I had to be there 20m prior to my appointment when none of them had told me that when I scheduled. I was in allot of pain and literally begged her that I needed to be seen, it was only 5m late. She said come in and if he can see you he will, but so rude. Made me feel even worse. After getting there I was seen by doctor becker who is even more rude and short of patient old man I have ever met. He ordered an mri, which I did. I had to call him to request the results, the receptionist said he would call me back. When he did, he was rude and dismissive, only said you have a small bulb on your cervical but nothing to worry about, you have nothing. I asked but what about the terrible pain I have? He continued very short of patience like he wanted to hang up the phone, YOU HAVE NOTHING AND HANG UP THE PHONE. I was in shock. I called him back and was very mad and told him that that is not the way to treat a patient. He apologized and said that I did have a pinched nerve but to only continue taking the same medication. I will never go back to this doctor nor recommend anyone to him. Please don't see this old short of patience man.
I'm baffled by all the positive ratings. I don't know ----- maybe we asked too many questions about my mother's condition which obviously irritated him. In our experiences with Dr. Babkes, he was rude, short tempered and seemed to lack compassion.
Dr. Richard R. Babkes's Credentials
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- Univ De La Republica, Fac De Med, Montevideo, Uruguay (Grad. 1974)
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