Having to wait too long

@TerryZ (22083)
United States
November 30, 2007 6:40am CST
Yesterday I had to go to a doctor because my surgeon wanted me to see him before my surgery. I waited in the office for 3 hours then I went up to the receptionist and said Im going to reschedule Im tried of waiting. I said is it always like this and she said yes. You have to get here at 8:00 and be the first one and you wont have to wait. I never heard of anything like that. So now I must re schedule another appointment. Have you ever had to wait that long to see a doctor?
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@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
30 Nov 07
I would find this to be totally unacceptable. I would make sure they knew that, too. I wouldn't cause a scene but I would say something, for sure. Obviously this doctor over books his appointments. There would be no way he could be that far behind. If she tells you to be there at 8:oo why would you need to have an appointment? I have never waited more than half an hour to see my doctor. What kind of surgery do you need, my friend? Hope it is nothing serious.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Nov 07
I do agree and Im going to say that he souldnt over book like that. Im having surgery on a herniated disc cervical are they go through the front of your neck.
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@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
30 Nov 07
Good luck to you. I hope everything goes well. I have a lot of back and neck problems so I understand how you feel. I go to a chiropractor twice a week to fix me up, so I don;t have to have surgery.
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• India
1 Dec 07
I am very lucky that I didn't wait for any doctor because my father is doctor. He is very busy person.I see many of doctors so I can say every doctor not like your doctor.any way good luck for me.i will pray to god that your sugary will successfully done.
@alindahaw (1219)
• Philippines
1 Dec 07
Sounds awful. I never really had that kind of expereince before. For me, that is simply unthinkable. People should respect other people's time. Yes, doctors are busy people but so is everyone else!
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
1 Dec 07
right thats exactly how I feel!
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@AmbiePam (50444)
• United States
1 Dec 07
I guess I'm just used to it. Normal wait time is usually an hour for me, but I've waited up to five hours. I wanted to leave, but it was pre op stuff I had to get done before the next day.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
1 Dec 07
I haven't had to wait that long, but I have had to leave because the doctor was running really late and I had to go to work. I once had to wait two hours for a surgical procedure, but that was because my surgeon had to do an emergency procedure that morning.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
1 Dec 07
Right I can understand that but there was no excuse for this doctor!
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
30 Nov 07
I was waiting for about 2 hours to see my doctor while chasing a toddler around the doctors office I got so tired of that so when I call to make an appointment I tell them I want either the first appointment of the day of the first appointment right after lunch that seems to solve the problem.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Nov 07
Right thats what Im going to do I want to be the first one in next time!
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• United States
30 Nov 07
There is no way I would wait that long to see a Doctor that I was referred too. Sounds like that Doctor doesnt really care that his patients are waiting hours on end like that. I think the most you should have to wait is 30 mins, MAYBE an hour. I just don't understand why they schedule people every 15 mins, when they know that they CANNOT see anyone in that time. Greedy b@stards I tell ya! When I hurt my back last year, I had to go and see my Doctor for another reason all together, but I was in so much pain! I souldn't even have driven my car really, but I couldn't put this off. They called me that morning to confirm 1pm. I got there about 10 til. I checked in with the receptionist and then tried to sit down. Pretty hard to do with a herniated disc in your back pinching every nerve in your spine. About 1:30 she calls my name, but not too call me back, to tell me that my appointmen wasn't til 3pm. I WENT OFF!!! I said "I got a call from so and so and she said on the phone with me this morning 1pm, so get me in and get me in now!!" I'm a little cranky when the entire bottom half of my body is in excrutiaing pain. It's a clinic with several doctors in it, the woman called security on me and the administrator came out to talk to me, that's how p!ssed off I was. LOL But I got to see the Doctor!*big grin* Bay Lay Gray xx
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Nov 07
I know Bay thats how I get and Im surprised I didnt really go off too. Thats because Im medicated for the pain. If I was in extreme pain yes I would have gone off too! These doctors are really riducluous. Not all of them. Now I love my surgeon. And cute! Girl sooooo cute!heheheh
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• United States
30 Nov 07
Haha! My neurosurgeon was HOT!! He was really good looking, almost too good looking. My very first chiropractor when I first hurt my back when I was 17 was fine too! My current one isn't too bad looking either. LOL Dang, come to think of it, I've been treated by some really good looking men! I guess I was just in too much pain to really care. LOL Bay xx
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
2 Dec 07
Hi TerryZ! There are some instances that the waiting gets really longer than i expected and usually i just return for another schedule. I am just glad now that i can always ask for an appointment over the phone and call them again if it is almost my turn, the clinic of my doctor is just 8 minutes away by car from where i live. Take care and have a nice day. :)
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
3 Dec 07
I really dread going back there again.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
2 Dec 07
Hello dear TerryZ. The day before yesterday I went to see a doctor at a specialist clinic. I am glad to say that I did not wait long before I could see the doctor as there was only one person that I had to wait. So I was lucky not to have to wait long, but if I go to a big hospital, I would have to wait a little bit long as there are usually many patients there and to avoid waiting so long, it is better to go earlier in the morning when it is time for the doctors to come to work. It is true of what your receptionist said. Best wishes, dear friend.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
3 Dec 07
Yes I never had to wait that long before for any doctor.
@AmbiePam (50444)
• United States
1 Dec 07
Oh yes, that is not uncommon for me. A month ago I waited 3 hours and when I asked to reschedule they said I could, but they would charge me for not showing up. They counted that as not showing up. Specialists always have a long wait, but the best time to make an appointment is right when they open, and right after lunch. It's like two fresh starts.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
1 Dec 07
Right thats what I plan on doing!
• United States
1 Dec 07
Hi Terry:) I've never had to wait that long for a doctor's appointment. I once took my daughter to the doctor's office and the receptionist came out and told everyone they would have to leave. Everyone in the room just sat their in shocked silence for a moment and then all heck broke loose! It turned out that the doctor had just up and decided she didn't want to see anymore patients that day and had instructed the receptionist to tell us all to leave. They wouldn't even reschedule our appointments! It was really ridiculous. I didn't even bother calling to make a new appointment, I just changed my kids doctor. It drives me nuts that doctors think they can do junk like that. You should send your doctor a bill for 2 1/2 hours of your time and a cancelation fee! See how he likes it.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
1 Dec 07
LOL good idea acuityplague! I just might do that!
@Lavera1 (897)
• United States
1 Dec 07
Yea, I do know what you mean, Terry, about waiting for those doctors. Earlier this year I made an appointment with an eye doctor. It was for 10 a.m. but by 12 p.m. I was still waiting and another patient told me that she had stayed there all day yesterday without being seen and then she had to leave and return that morning. I told her I would not do such a thing. And I went to the front desk and told the office employees that I was not going to wait any longer and to return all my paperwork to me. Then I left. At the door the doctor asked me to please return and that he would put me first. I said no and left. I then searched through the phone directory for another doctor and made an appointment for the following week. When I went there I was out within an hour.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
1 Dec 07
Hi Laveral I know thats just riduculous. And thing is the people waiting. I couldnt take it anymore Im the one that stood up and said Im not waiting anymore.thanks for sharing with me.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
1 Dec 07
You shouldn't have to wait no more than 20 minutes. Our clinic wants to be informed after a 20 minute wait and they will get a different Dr to see us if we wish at that time. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
1 Dec 07
Love your new avatar!Your so festive looking!LOL I know I dread going back there next week. It took me all day just to calm down when I left the office saying Im not waiting any more!
• United States
30 Nov 07
i don't often go to the doctors, but my boyfriend goes once a month to meet with his doctor and i go with him. i know that the wait time has always been over and hour for him to get in. he said that his doctor has always been that way. three hours is just crazy though. did you have an apointment?
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Nov 07
Yes you have to have an appoitment!
@garnet80 (354)
• Australia
30 Nov 07
I have never had to wait that long at my local doctor. I've waited about 1 1/2 and was not happy with that. Can you complain to someone like the company the doctor works for? If we go down to our local hosiptal we can be kept waiting for hours. A friend of mine has waited 6 weeks for a doctors appointment. I don't see how this can be true but then now a days you just never know do you with the way the world is changing.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Nov 07
Thats because some docs think they are god!
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
30 Nov 07
yes i have had to wait like that a few times but i only stayed the one time when i had to wait 2 hours.i stayed there because this doctor was just wonderful and worth the wait to see and also i didn't have the kids with me so i was in no rush lol.hope all goes well.pattie
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Nov 07
Well now I dont even want to go back there.LOL thanks pattie
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
30 Nov 07
I hate waiting in a Doctors office. I have had to wait that long before. I get very stressed and my blood pressure goes up.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Nov 07
Thats not good!
@Sherry12 (2475)
• United States
30 Nov 07
That is way to long to have to wait. I wonder why he even schedules appointments if he isn't going to go by them. I've had to wait, but never that long. I think the longest was 1/2 hour. And, if she tells everybody what she told you about being there at 8, everybody will be there and you'll still have a long wait.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Nov 07
When I see this doctor Im going to him off. I wont let this go without me voicing my opion because I had to walk out of there so I went there for nothing.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
30 Nov 07
Three hours? that is a bit too much. They should see you when you set a scheduled time to see them, give or take 15 minutes or so. I would of been upset for waiting that long!
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Nov 07
Thats why I walked out of the dam place.
• India
30 Nov 07
Yes there was a situation to me too. When I was 18 I went to a doctor as was feeling ill then I waited for him for about 3 hrs and came back. This was obscure.This should not happen.A doctor should wait for a patient but not a patient.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Nov 07
Your right this shouldnt happen.
@theslew1 (29)
• United States
30 Nov 07
This is simply inconsiderate of that doctor. Why schedule appointments when no one is going to see you, and for them to say get here at 8:00 am is crazy.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Nov 07
I know it sure is crazy. thanks for sharing with me.
@Monkeyrose (2850)
• Canada
30 Nov 07
Well it depends. DId you have an appointment. Usually I find that docters are late but its usually only half an hour at the most. We also have walk in clinics. At those sometimes you have to wait 3 hrs. I've gone to a walk in clinic... taken my number left for lunch and then came back.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Nov 07
Oh yes I had an appoitment You have to have an appointment and get a referral yes all that good stuff and for what?