How long should a nurse call you from the waiting room at a doctor's office?

@cream97 (29175)
United States
May 10, 2008 7:31am CST
I had to wait at my physician's office for at least 45 minutes to 55 minutes until I get called. My appointment is at 9:00 a.m. I am the first person to sign the list with my name on it. Isn't this too long? What do you think? I arrived early, I was so early, that I had to stand outside the door.
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@luvstochat (6916)
• United States
10 May 08
I always wait at the doctors office forever! Sometimes it has been up to 2 to 3 hours before I get called back. I do now ask for the first appointment in the morning but even then it can be late if the doctor had been called to the hospital for something.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
10 May 08
Yes, doctors need to work on their speed. The receptionist hate to see us late, but yet it is okay for them to be late.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
10 May 08
I think it is ridiculous how long you have to wait at the doctors office. I don't know why a lot of them over book like that. My kids doctor does not do that thank goodness. I usually get in a room within 5 minutes of showing up and the doctor is in the room a few minutes after that. I think no more than 15 minutes is long enough to wait.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
10 May 08
YES, certain doctors that I do go to, does not take so long, but this doctor does. I used to go to another doctor at Cedars Medical Clinic. They took so long to call me. I believe that I did not get called until 2 to 3 hrs later. I felt like I was waiting at a hospital or something... Now, I go to this doctor, and it still takes long, but not as long as Cedar's does.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
10 May 08
Hi cream97! I do think that if your appointment is 9am, then you should be called at that time; and you can give an allowance of 10-15 minutes; 45-55 minutes is too long to make a patient wait. Just my thoughts dear friend. Take care and have a nice day!
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
10 May 08
Yes that is too long. Now, if I had to be late, then they would want me to reschedule.
• United States
10 May 08
Hello cream I've had that problem too. I hate it when you get there early and then wait almost a hour. I personally think you should not have to wait more than twenty minutes and less than that if you get to the appointment early!
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
10 May 08
Yes, it is very true. 20 minutes is too long...
• Philippines
19 Feb 09
i hate it when some member of the family is admitted in an inconvenience hospital like public hospital..once my mother was ill and we brought her to a nearby gov't hospital and look what happen nurses and doctor let you wait they don't attend your need immediately unlike if you're going to a private hospital ....i hate hospital like this..