The Difficulty Of Getting Doctors Appointments

@gudheart (12758)
October 6, 2015 8:27am CST
I wanted to book an appointment for my asthma yesterday but when I rang they said they don't have any free appointments available until the 28th October! That is a whole 3 weeks away! It seems like it is getting harder and harder to get a doctors appointment nowadays.
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@anushreem (331)
• Mumbai, India
6 Oct 15
This is not done at all! For doctors, patient should be a priority not the time. Hope you get an appointment soon.
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@gudheart (12758)
6 Oct 15
Thank you, I do hope so. But so far looks like 28th is the earliest :(
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• Mumbai, India
6 Oct 15
@gudheart Really Disappointing attitude. You can try for some other asthma specialist doctor in your city.
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@gudheart (12758)
6 Oct 15
@anushreem I might have to try and change GPs.
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@xiaolisu (1958)
• Shenyang, China
6 Oct 15
the same situation in my city .but that happened in well-known hospital .appointment with a good -skilled expert is important .since my nephew get sick .I knew that
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@gudheart (12758)
6 Oct 15
I expected it to be better here, but guess I was wrong.
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@xiaolisu (1958)
• Shenyang, China
6 Oct 15
@gudheart hope you get smooth appointment soon .
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@gudheart (12758)
7 Oct 15
@xiaolisu Thank you, so far no luck.
@chaitra001 (3278)
• Bangalore, India
6 Oct 15
Hope you get an appointment soon. Better look for some other alternate doctor in case its very urgent. Rather than waiting its better to get some other doctor's appointment.
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@gudheart (12758)
7 Oct 15
I am thinking I might start looking for a different doctors surgery.
• United States
6 Oct 15
It is bad that they can't seem to get you in sooner. Asthma should have a priority for Dr.!!
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@gudheart (12758)
7 Oct 15
I agree, mine seems to be getting worse by the day.
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• United States
7 Oct 15
@gudheart I pray for everyone who has Asthma. I was diagnosed in 2013, but have had it a long time without being properly diagnosed. I was told that It is worse because I also have sleep Apnea. Do you have that as well?
@sofssu (14493)
6 Oct 15
Wow we have doctors at our beck and call here. Its rather silly to get an appointment after 3 weeks for a problem today.
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@gudheart (12758)
7 Oct 15
I was rather shocked too.
@yukimori (9042)
• United States
6 Oct 15
I run into this problem a lot. The staff at the clinic I go to are frustrating because they never seem to want to make an appointment for me when I'm there in the office. They tell me they'll follow up with me, but never do... and by the time I think about it and manage to get through to a live person on the phone, the date I need isn't available. If they have a wait list for cancellations, maybe you can get on there and have them give you a call if something opens up sooner.
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@gudheart (12758)
7 Oct 15
We were also told that if someone cancels then I can have one sooner.
@indexer (1196)
• Leicester, England
7 Oct 15
Where do you live? In my village I can phone at 8.30am and be seen by 11.00am! That is just one of the advantages of the British National Health Service!
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@gudheart (12758)
7 Oct 15
I live in the UK in north west. The GP surgery I am with is always busy though :(
@indexer (1196)
• Leicester, England
7 Oct 15
@gudheart In that case that's not so good.
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@gudheart (12758)
7 Oct 15
@indexer Not great at all! I am hoping someone cancels so I can take their appointment lol
• Hyderabad, India
7 Oct 15
even drinking warm diluted milk with 1 spoon turmeric also helps to cure asthama. when u r have free time just keep 2 to 3 blackpeppers in ur mouth and keep sucking them slowly for longer time.it will be bit bitter and hot but good for asthama. steam inhalation also helpls in asthama. try to do breathing exercise like anulom vilom(yoga pranayam). i hope u will feel better after doing these.
@gudheart (12758)
7 Oct 15
Do these methods work for you?
• Hyderabad, India
7 Oct 15
@gudheart cinnamon +honey and steam inhalation works for my mother very much.
@Shellyann36 (8919)
• United States
7 Oct 15
I think it depends on the doctor. It sounds as if you are in a jam though. I would visit the hospital if you cannot get an appointment with your doctor. Asthma is not fun and it is not the kind of illness to push by the side if you cannot get an appointment. Good luck to you.
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@gudheart (12758)
7 Oct 15
I am not sure if going to the hospital will help as they only see you if you are referred or if it is an emergency. Thanks for luck :D
@celticeagle (117156)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Oct 15
Maybe it is time to shop around for a new doctor Doctors that have moved and are in a new associate program may be easier to get in to see than more established ones.
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@gudheart (12758)
7 Oct 15
I have thought about it, I think I might.
@moffittjc (41171)
• Gainesville, Florida
6 Oct 15
I think it depends on where you live. I live in a city with a large well-known university, with a large, well-known medical center. As a result, there are what seems like a million doctors in this town, so getting an appointment with any of them is pretty quick and easy.
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@gudheart (12758)
7 Oct 15
I think it is because we only have a couple in our area so they tend to be very busy.
@marlina (71202)
• Canada
6 Oct 15
This is ridiculous, you should just go to the ER then.
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@gudheart (12758)
7 Oct 15
ER would not see me for asthma issues unless it was an asthma attack.
• Hyderabad, India
7 Oct 15
hi everyone.sad to hear that u didnot get appointment soon.till that time u can try home remedies to control asthama.even my mom suffers from asthama. 1.mix 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder with honey and consume daily before going to bed.i think u will get some relief.
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• Quezon City, Philippines
7 Oct 15
I agree that it is needed an appointment in order to visit or ask an advice from a doctor.
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@Freelanzer (8290)
• Canada
7 Oct 15
Doctors today have so many patients plus some of them have duties at the hospital not to mention there is a shortage of doctors where I live.
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@allknowing (61536)
• India
7 Oct 15
Shifting from city life to a semi rural setting has many advantages and one of them is better access to doctors apart from less traffic, , less crowds in malls and last but not the least less pollution. We have shifted to a semi rural town.
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@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
10 Oct 15
Many people here have similar problems these days, although I am fortunate because my Doctor will see someone as long as they are prepared to wait their turn.
@lady1993 (16388)
• Philippines
10 Oct 15
that's quite sad.. that means a lot of people are getting sick.. maybe it is the weather. hang in there