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Thread: Waiting at the doctor's office...what do you do?

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    My doctor's office has a sign that says if you having been waiting 15 minutes past your appointment to let them know. I rarely have to wait even the 15 minutes. I understand emergencies, especially at a surgeon or cardiologist, but I will not go to a doctor who overbooks and makes me sit well past my appointment time. Many years ago I had a GP who overbooked so badly that they told you to call before coming to see how far behind they were. I changed doctor's very quickly. My time is as valuable as the doctor's.

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    30 mins? Not too long of a wait, IMhO. They have barely gotten to work at 8:00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    I had an eye doc that had about an 8 hour wait.
    Now that is ridiculous! You waited?
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy View Post
    I had a dentist once ask me to sign a form that I agreed to pay a penalty of $50.00 if I kept the dentist waiting. Really?
    I've never had that happen but I've often thought the warning that if you don't cancel 24 hours in advance or just do a no-show that they might charge you for the visit is pretty arrogant. I certainly think that my time is worth something, too.

    For the most part, I try to schedule appointments first thing in the morning and am rewarded with fewer excessive wait times. The exception being when they have been delayed making hospital rounds or for emergencies. I've had doctors in the past who kept you waiting a long time but mostly don't have much trouble these days.

    I always have a book or my kindle along for the ride and if the waiting room is well stocked with magazines I can get my junk magazine fix, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paoberle View Post
    My doctor's office has a sign that says if you having been waiting 15 minutes past your appointment to let them know. I rarely have to wait even the 15 minutes.
    We go to a major medical center with doctor's offices in the same complex as hospital, they have these signs as well. The one place they did have a backup was blood draw, people complained about it, the facility DID something about it, and now you don't have to wait anymore.

    I usually have a book or magazine with me. DH has been getting radiation treatments every day, they have a nice place with free snacks and Keurig coffee, for the patients and caregivers. Also Reiki massage, free, while you wait. We are so spoiled by the great care at this place.

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    I try not to touch any surface with my hands. I try not to breathe. Then I check and double check to be sure I have hand sanitizer in my purse. I bring my own reading material. I don't want to touch the public magazines. Then I check my purse for hand sanitizer again. What else would I be doing?
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    I once had to wait two hours for the doctor and when I got into the exam room, I could hear him in the next room just bs ing with that (male) patient. They were having a real chat and laugh fest. When the doctor finally came to my room he had only a couple of minutes for me and kept looking at his watch and stood with his hand on the doorknob while I was explaining my problem. I was furious. I called member services and filed a complaint and changed doctors. The one I have now is excellent and only once have I had to wait and they kept telling me how long it would be and that they were sorry for the wait time.

    And sometimes in an emergency room you have to make a scene to get treated. A friend waited hours to see someone and turned out it was a severe blood clot. Her daughter had driven her there. They believe you get better and faster treatment if the paramedics bring you in.

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    I always have paper and pencil for zendoodling in my purse since I can't do the hand sewing. Once I start drawing, I lose track of the time and it seems to go by quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishgalfromNJ View Post
    I always take a knitting or crochet project with me because I usually have to wait, sometimes an hour, sometimes longer, it varies.
    i always take a book with me so I am not tempted to touch their magazines. Those are read by sick people, and all that glossy paper is a great resting place for all that bacteria to rest while it waits to infect you! Bleah!
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    I think the older I get (I'm 68) the less patient I get. I just won't wait over 30 minutes. I think life is too short to be spent in waiting rooms.

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    Honestly, I don' go to doctor's much but when I do I bring something to read. Emergency room is terrible and they really try to make family members uncomfortable so we leave. My 87 year old Dad with altizheimers was in emergency room through the night, they had no bed available for him so we had to wait and I slept next to him in a little folding chair. I really did it to help my Dad, but also their life was easier with my presence. Hey what can we do other than vent and complain.
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    Here's my example, I had a re-visit with my surgeon who operated on my foot. My appt. was for 11:15, called into the exam room right on time, WHAT !!!! I thought I had hit it lucky this time but not my day, it was a full 1/2 hour before the doctor actually saw me.

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    ptquilts (Barb in VT) are you talking about DHMC? I spend a lot of time in 3K, they are quite wonderful!

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    After a recent move to our current city, I had not as yet found a doctor. So having a really bad sinus headache I went to doctor's shop. You know those little drs office where you don't need a appt. Their posted sign should have been my first clue. Workmen compensation patients are their first priority. Injured athletes, same. They weren't very busy, they took all my information, escorted to exam room, where I took a one hour nap. Woke up and went home. An hour later, I received a call inquiring as to my whereabouts, and if I returned the dr would see me immediately. I still had a headache, but I informed them that I was not returning and that I had informed my insurance of the situation and to reject any bill sent to them.

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    I guess I'm a meanie......last time I was at the Dr office and had to wait 3 hours, I politely informed the receptionist when leaving that since I had to take away from my work for the appointment that I would allow for a 1 hour wait but deduct 2 hours of time at my usual work rate for the other two hours. So, when the bill for $120 arrived, I deducted $90 for the 2 hours pay and paid the Dr the remaining $30 along with a profession note explaining it all. I did not receive a follow up billing nor did I ever wait for that Dr again!

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    I bring my Kindle and just figure it will take as long as it takes. I worked for doctors for close to 15 years. Sometimes the wait is due to an emergency. Other times the doctor has been overbooked. Sometimes it's just simply because the doctor can't get the lead out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nygal View Post
    I just wait. My doctor is worth waiting for. She does not rush with her patients and that makes it all worth it by the time it's my turn to see her.
    I'd be willing to bet we have the same doctor! LOL

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    Wow, is all I can say. Unless I lived in a very small town and there were no other choices, I would not put up with that nonsense!! There are other doctors out there!!
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    I went into the urgent care facility this week and waited 3 hours, was seen by 5 different people during my 3 hour wait. My husband was in the lobby waiting for me. During his wait he seen people come in & go home ( no emergency situations). On Saturday I had to take my husband in to the urgent care after he was working on his car, cut his finger and needed what we thought would just be stitches....no he cut a tendon & needs to see a hand surgeon on Monday. We decided we were not going back to the same urgent care facility. We went to the next city over and waited 1 hour & 15 minutes. He was seen by 1 person. They took all patients by the order they registered. Long story short we now know what facility we will be going to the next time we need urgent care.
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    There isn't much that can be done. What irks me more than the wait is the blasted TV and the shows on it in waiting rooms. I was waiting for a chemical stress test at the hospital and the wait is v. long after being injected with a...whatever it is...and I sat through morning game shows..ding, ding, hyperactive MCs, gushing contestants, ding, ding. Thought I was going to scream, but I was compensated by the technician for the longer than usual wait. I was given 2 $10 Walmart gift cards! Ding, Ding!
    At another time a doc gave me a Walmart gift card for the long wait in his waiting room. I thought both those offerings acts of consideration.
    I've also seen a sign "If you have been waiting for more than 15 minutes, please let the receptionist know." Nice touch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cactus Stitchin View Post
    I guess I'm a meanie......last time I was at the Dr office and had to wait 3 hours, I politely informed the receptionist when leaving that since I had to take away from my work for the appointment that I would allow for a 1 hour wait but deduct 2 hours of time at my usual work rate for the other two hours. So, when the bill for $120 arrived, I deducted $90 for the 2 hours pay and paid the Dr the remaining $30 along with a profession note explaining it all. I did not receive a follow up billing nor did I ever wait for that Dr again!
    Hello from Shenandoah Valley, VA. Quilting a few years. Love the process of creating the quilt top, but don't like making the sandwich of top, batting and backing as much. We have two Labrador Retrievers, a yellow and a chocolate. Blessings to all!

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    My doctor's office will usually get you into the exam room within 15 minutes but it usually takes the doctor 20 mins more to come in...which isn't to bad..in and out usually in an hour.
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    Who is going to suffer more if you get in a huff and leave before seeing the techs? If you walked a mile in their shoes you might see it from a different perspective. I always take a book and some handwork so I can be occupied and not "stewing" if I do not get escorted to the back the moment my appointment is scheduled.

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    The first GP we went to was way overbooked by who-ever did the booking. I loved him, though, we the waits were usually worth while.

    Now with the "new systems" in place - we usually don't have to wait very long in the office. If the wait gets to be over 15 minutes from the appointment time, I will go to the desk and inquire how things are going.

    "Stuff" happens in clinics, too. I usually plan on more time than "necessary"

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