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.