Tampa >Kennedy Walk-In Clinic
Why don't you try being nice..
I went in to the clinic today. I do not have insurance; I work part time to put myself through college but according to Hillsborough County I make too much to qualify for free healthcare at the "free" clinics so I came here. There was very little wait time and I was able to see the doctor almost immediately.
So many reviews said the doctor was rude and abrasive. That is not exactly true and not quite false either. Dr. Ghasemi is a man of very few words. I was very nice to him and he was “nice” to me. He is Iranian and you have to remember that not only is there a language barrier, there is a cultural one. Iranian men are not the warm and fluffy type. Many people might consider his abruptness rude but that does not make him a bad doctor. When he was giving me my prescriptions I explained my minimal budget and he gave me a prescription for antibiotics that were free at publix. He also gave me some samples of cough meds so I would not have to buy them, he also wrote out a prescription for the same meds and said “you don’t want, don’t buy.” That was not him being rude, that is just his broken English.
I could tell that most people were not very nice to Dr. Ghasemi because his English is quite imperfect. When I was checking out a woman came up to the counter twice within 5 minutes, each time she was rude and impatient and kept asking how much longer she would have to wait. The Doctor responded with “you sit, you wait, 10 minutes.” She rolled her eyes and mumbled under her breath about him being rude when all I wanted to do was to tell her to shut up, sit down and quit being an impatient little (expletive).
I come from an immigrant family and I watched my parents struggle with language and cultural barriers all their lives. My father was a psychologist back in Chile and the US would not acknowledge his education and licensing when he moved here so he had to begin his education all over again as I am sure is also the case with Dr. Ghasemi.
My visit cost me $50, the same that I would have paid at Tampa Family Health Services to sit and wait for hours a musky dingy room full of sick people, somewhere in the middle of the ghetto. At least Dr. Ghasemi is a licensed doctor and not bumbling med student like most clinics have.
So do I recommend this clinic? Absolutely, as long as you can be a polite and decent human being you will be well taken care of.
For those of you putting negative or positive reviews, it would help others if you put the NAME of the doctor so people can avoid him.
This is a clinic that has more than one doctor. They have at least 3 or 4 and an ARNP.
I've been going there for years and seeing Dr. Joyce Thomas. She is very sweet and nice. She is the exact opposite of the monster described above.
If you go to the clinic then I recommend you get Dr. Thomas for a doctor. If you are a walk-in then you are stuck with whoever is available.
I am leaving the clinic because with their new system, you have to wait several months for an appt instead of a few weeks. If I get hit with an illness that is causing me to miss work, booking an appt 3 months away isn't logical.
RUN THE OTHER WAY....
as fast as you can. This physician (using the word loosely) is rude and abusive.
I went to the clinic for a required physical. I paid $60 in advance. The Dr. yelled at me because I did not move fast enough when he told me to sit on the table. I started to ask a question and he cut me off and said he would do the talking. At this point I thought of walking out and demanding my money back, but he had already started to fill in the requird forms which meant I would have to get new forms and start over somewhere else. So I unfortunately persevered. The Dr. sent me into the bathroom for a urine sample. Apparently, I was taking too long because he burst open the door and yelled, "aren't you done yet"?
As I was leaving the office, shaking my head, I heard this man yell at another patient, telling him/her to shut up.
I have never in my life dealt with anything like this.
W E Scott
Good doctor, reasonable. Great service at a reasonable cost. I was sick the other day, and I went for a checkup. The secretary was nice, and the wait time was about 15 minutes. I only paid $40.00 and I got some free samples. I was better in no time, highly recommend.
Terrible , avoid at all costs. This doctor is incompetent, impolite, conceited and can neither understand nor speak clear English. Do not support this type of clinician. Case in point: I went in for a simple physical and he gives me the standard eye exam, only he has me standing 25-30 feet away from the chart then tells me that my vision is impaired, after not even being clear regarding which line I was reading or the distance from the chart which was definitely much greater than 20 feet. Of course I was criticized when I brought this up, even though I too am a clinician and have administered the same test in the past. Don't support this guy, go elsewhere.
Thinking about using this clinic for a check up. I have no insurance and I found this place on line along with Hills. health dept. and I was wondering which is better. If someone has and other suggestions I would love to hear of them.
Wow! I had to call the police!.
The most unprofessional clicic I have ever experienced.
The doctor belongs in a nursing home.He could hardly talk and staggered around like he was under the influence of something.
When I went to fill my perscription he wrote it out incorrectly even though I physically showed him my old one.I had to go back to the clinic to change it and was expected to pay 40 dollars again to change the perscription which he wrote incorrectly.Then he said I never showed him my previous empty perscripion as reference for him as it was my first time there.
I realised I was getting scammed and when I asked for my money back they refused.So I called the Police and the crooked secretary quickly decided to give my money back.Wow! Its cheap! But you get what you pay for.
They both should have their lisences removed if they even have one.The Better Business Bureau will be hearing from me.When he called me a liar and said
"The economy is bad and everyone has to pay" Yes! Pay once, not twice you thieves! They should be shut down for good.Iam absolutely disgusted about my experience.
KENNEDY WALK IN CLINIC IS GREAT..
I WENT TODAY AND IN THE PAST, THEIR NICE, HELPFULL PEOPLE WHO ARE YOU THE COMMUNITY A FAVOR BY ONLY MAKING YOU PAY $40 AT THE DOOR. WHERE ELSE DOES THAT YOU A-HOLES? SERIOUSLY, I THINK ALL YOU PEOPLE COMPLAINING WERE PROBABLY RUDE AND ASKING HIM TO DO SOMETHING FOR YOU THAT HE COULD NOT. YOU PROBABLY WEREN'T EVEN SICK. I HAD NO INSURANCE AND HE MADE SURE ALL MY PRESCRIPTIONS WOULD BE UNDER $7 AND WROTE ME A NOTE FOR WORK/SCHOOL. GET A GRIP. ALI AND HIS RECEPTIONIST DESERVE MORE RESPECT.
Very Thorough and Inexpensive Treatment.
I was out of town and had a bad respiratory infection. I didn't want to spend much money , but still get treated. After calling one walk-in clinic , which would have amounted to $300, I decided on Kennedy Walk-In. I walked in , filled out some paperwork and paid $40. Dr. Ali Ghasemi examined me and offered three treatment options 1) antibiotic shot . 2) Name brand prescriptions or 3) generic.
I was able to hold my complete visit cost to $40 by opting for the "3)". One prescription was free at Publix , one cost $5 and there were coupons for others. Back home now my infection is almost. gone. I wonder if the people who gave him a bad review are upset because he was not able to give them the prescriptions they wanted but legally unable to give them?? If you know what I mean?
I have come to him for over 9 years!. Dr. Ali is serving his community well by keeping his fees quite reasonable and the clinic is very accommodating in urgent situations. More doctors should have this level of compassion and his wife treats you like family. I've seen him for more than 9 years and he is an excellent doctor - also a humanitarian! Where he comes from, it's about the patient; not just about money, money, money!
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