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Had an appointment, now sit and wait

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by senior smoke, May 9, 2013.

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  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Hello:
    Most people who know me will most likely say that I'm an easy going guy. That is until I take the time to schedule an appointment and then I have to wait 1 hour and 20 minutes to see a doctor.

    I have had some type of rash on top of both of my hands the past two weeks. My regular doctor prescribed some medicine but it did work. He decided to refer me to a specialist and I made the appointment and then I had to wait 1 hour and 20 minutes to see him.

    Most people would probably have walked out of his office but not me. Other patients were getting upset, a few taking it out on the receptionist at the window in his office.

    One guy waiting was an attorney and he started yelling telling the receptionist that his time was also valuable and he would bill the doctor for his time spent waiting to see him.

    The receptionist apologized stating the doctor was doubled booked causing the delay, wonder how that happens?

    Even waiting in line at the grocery store brings out the worst in some people. If any of you have ever been in the military you quickly learn to hurry up and wait.

    I bring gun magazines to every doctor appointment I have knowing full well that I will hear that the doctor is running late either due to an emergency or double bookings or what ever.

    Here's my question, how long would you have waited to see this doctor? Would you have told the doctor the amount of time it took to see him or would you have said nothing to the receptionist or the doctor like I did?

    Are you the type that starts yelling if you are not seen at the time you have an appointment. Was the attorney justified in his comments?
    Steve Balistreri
    Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
     
  2. chuckie68

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    Steve,

    I quit going to a particular dentist for that very reason. She also was good at scheduling a 30-45 minute appointment and then keeping me in the chair for 2-4 times that long. Find another that is prompt. It would be understandable if ther3e was an emergency, but most of the time there isn't an emergency. Usually just poor scheduling.

    Chuck
     
  3. 100straight

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    I don't use a doctor if I have to wait routinely. I will give them about 30 minutes before I leave, and if that happens more than once I find a new doctor. I earn as much as most doctors and my time is worth every bit as much as theirs.

    Mark
     
  4. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe TS Supporters

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    I have waited for a long time before too, I never got all huffy with the receptionist but I will with the doctor

    But I always wait until I am ready to leave, then I don't ever go back

    I have just got up and walked out too
     
  5. need to shoot more

    need to shoot more Active Member

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    the earlier the appointment the most likely to be on time, make it for 9:00am
     
  6. Hauxfan

    Hauxfan Well-Known Member

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    I don't know for sure that all doctors over book.

    It just seems like the ones I go to do!

    I always have to wait. Not matter which doctor I go to.

    My dentist. Well, that's another story. He's always on time.

    Hauxfan!
     
  7. Harv Shell

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    My endocrinologist at Loyola is the best. His policy is, if you are 5 minutes late for your appointment, don't come because you will be canceled. I have never waited even 5 minutes from my appointment time. Wish they all worked like this. Harv
     
  8. XP100

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    If I have to go to the DR. Its a 15 min. drive there, I call 20 minutes before my appointment and ask if they are on time or running behind on appointments then get there according to what they tell me.
     
  9. Catpower

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    I have been using the VA here for about the last 5 yrs, I will say that they are much better about keeping the appointment time, about the only time they are late is if the lab work is slow or every once in a while if a new patient it in front of my appointment, but if they are late they are very apologetic
     
  10. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Need to shoot more: and XP100:
    Both good advice.
    Steve
     
  11. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    Steve, in my mind there is no doctor worth waiting that long to see. Find another doc.
     
  12. W.P.T.

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    20 minutes and I am gone ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  13. grntitan

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    A tip that works for me, is to schedule your appointments as early in the day before noon that you can. I try for the first or second time slot of the day. See what happens is the appointments are set on a 15 minutes per patient schedule. So every patient that goes over the 15 minutes allowed, it snowballs. So if you have a 3:00pm appointment, your probably already hours behind. Trust me it works. Just don't tell everybody at your doctors office or they will start earlier too. My wife a nurse, once worked at a doctors office. She clued me in. I won't accept an appointment after 11:00am.
     
  14. senior smoke

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    grntitan:
    I plan to do that in the future. My son lives in Sweden and travels by air a lot for his job. He usually wants the 6am flight for the same reason.
    Steve
     
  15. Shootrman

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    I try to get morning appointments when I can. But in the past, I have gone in saw a sign," turn off Cell phone" & " 15 minutes late you must reschedule" & " Services must be paid today" We'll when I waited 30 minutes I went up and asked if maybe I had the wrong day. After they apologize, I also ask if they'd like to be billed for my time. Tell them they over book & I made sure I told the doctor.
    I guess you can guess how your treated
     
  16. Drew Hause

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    "20 minutes and I am gone"
    Please share your list of personal physicians in Phoenix, where, NOT counting the winter snow birds, the number of providers is about 3/4 of the number needed to meet the medical needs of the population. There is a reason every corner in Scottsdale and the Northwest Valley has an Urgent Care Center.

    I think we had this conversation the last time somebody posted about firing their doc. Read the link and weep fellas. Most of the docs who trained in the 70s will soon be bailing, as I did. Those who've graduated since 2000 have debts of 100 to 200,000 to pay off. There's always Mexico.
    Drew Hause MD
     
  17. white rattler

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    Steve, I guess it depends how bad YOU want to see a Doctor. But the problem is you need to see him and they could care less if you get up and leave. Nothing makes me madder than waiting for someone who is on my squad to show up. I say shoot without them that is the only way they learn. Trevor Dawe
     
  18. Drew Hause

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    More depressing reading the next time you're sitting waiting for some double booked doc because people need to see him, who really hates what he and medicine has become, and can't wait to leave. Or you could just tell the other 20 people waiting to go home because your time is more valuable. Feel free to submit your bill.
     
  19. quartering

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    my dr. and i had a conversation about this a few years ago. she said you wouldn't believe what goes on during an examination: cell phones, kids climbing everywhere, people fainting, heart attacks, people needing immediate hospitalization and they want to sit there and argue with you and then the occasional real emergency. she doesn't overbook. she just deals with a bunch of idiots all day while trying to practice medicine
     
  20. Drew Hause

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    Unbelievable

    "What does Obama care have anything remotely to do with the amount of time you wait for an appointment?"

    OK......Read........this......slowly.......Supply......and......demand.

    West Va. just announced they would be adding 93,000 folks to the state Medicaid roll. Even more in Florida.



    How 'bout we pray for our grandchildren because health care, and most everything else, is gone in this country as we've known it in the past.
     
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