MedStar in Adams Morgan could not be more convenient for me, but the quality of treatment could be better. The first time I went, though it had nothing to do with my heart, the doctor or physician’s assistant did an EKG and then told me I had to go to the emergency room immediately. Instead I faxed the EKG to my regular Johns Hopkins physician, and he said you don’t go to an emergency room for that; later a cardiologist said the same thing.
The second time I went, something similar happened, being told to go straight to the emergency room: instead I called a friend who has been an emergency room physician for 20 years, and she told me an emergency room would be useless for what I had,.
The last time I went the doctor or physician’s assistant made a diagnosis that had little to do with my symptoms as described on the Internet. My pharmacist, though, immediately recognized the symptoms, she had them herself, and knew it’s going around, yet the MedStar doctor didn’t even suggest it. All I lost going to MedStar was time, money, and I gained unnecessary worry.