do you feel that there should be time limits by law on witing times in doctors

United States
February 6, 2007 12:49am CST
offices? Especialy if you are waiting beyond a few hours when the doctor is there and there is no emergency? What if the doctor has so many appointments that they maybe overbooking? Should they be required to have an extra doctor on staff? Have you experienced any of these things and what are your feelings on it legaly?
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I don't think that we could ever legislate something like that, although I wish we could! There are too many caveats for it to stand up in court. I have had to wait 6 hours before!!! I live in a small town that doesn't have enough doctors. Of the doctors we have, many are foreign with very poor english, who are working off thier time for having had free medical school training or loans. Most people will not go to those doctors because they cannot understand their broken english,and just a lack of trust. (very, very small backwoods community here, they don't trusut outsiders). This leaves the other doctors very crowded and overbooked. Anyway, when one goes to the doctor here, they best plan on having all day! My mother recently went for her annual eye exam and was their 4 hours! Unless it is something I really, really need, I will leave after an hour to hour and a half. I find it ridiculous!
• United States
6 Feb 07
If there is no emergency I think half an hour is acceptable. Unfortunately my doc has 3 stages wait..go in have blood pressure and weight etc. checked, into an examination room, wait again...then when the doctor comes in it is about an hour and a half or more and that is for a D.O who doesn't have surgical emergencies, doesn't deliver babies etc. so yes I wish is would be made legal but I don't think it will ever happen.
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@ssh123 (31104)
• India
6 Feb 07
There are some clinics which issues tokens to patients and they limit the token to say 100 tokens a day, which they hope to complete in 3 or 4 hours. Knowing the number, one can finish other works and comeback to the clinic in time when they call the number. This system is alright. Doctors cannot calculate the time they cake for each patient, because some patients will have long history of disease and doctors are right in not allotting a fixed time for each patient.
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@shywolf (4522)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I have to admit that I had never thought about there being a law for something such as this, but it would certainly be helpful! My mother has complained that in the last year, she has been in to see a doctor where she knew there were no emergencies going on, yet she had to sit in the waiting room for so long that she started to fall asleep, lol! It's just crazy how long they keep you waiting sometimes, like for over an hour. Perhaps if some kind of a law could be put in place, this sort of thing would not happen so often.
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• United States
7 Feb 07
I know. I also know they cough in your space and I am sorry but there were people in there that wouldnt even cover their mouths when they coughed. The chairs are so close together and I was really thinking I am going to leave here and then come down with something else from that.- ironic but true...the exposure is so high....
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I do not feel that there should be time limit laws for waiting for a doctor as their appointments with other patients may take longer than expected. It is annoying to have to wait for a long period of time before they look at you but sometimes it can not be helped. I think they should not overbook people as it can be very inconvenient for people that work or have other appointments. My doctor has a assistant doctor now to help out with all her patients. I personally have not had to wait too long for my appointment so I am happy.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
8 Feb 07
If my doctor made me wait that long all the time I would report him. It's obviously a doctor that is trying to make too much money from you without the service. If there is a board that you can report this to then do it. There is no reason for this other than greed on the doctor's part.
@ukchriss (2103)
8 Feb 07
My Doctor is very good as if we never have to wait more than 30 minuets. We can just go to the reception and remind them we have been there for 30 minuets so we will be next in or we have the choice to be seen by another Doctor straight away. If the Doctor has an emergency and called away it will be announced over the speakers so we can arrange another appointment if we cannot wait for him to return. Years ago we could have been sitting there all day if the Doctor had been called away.
• United States
7 Feb 07
If you're waiting too long at a doctor's office, he may just be giving someone good quality care. Some appointments just may take longer than others. The doctor may feel a need to be a little more thorough in certain situations. I think that's good, because I know I can count on quality service when my turn comes. The wait is inconvenient, but I bring something to keep me occupied. I would think that MOST doctors would not overbook, and legally, I don't think that there's anything to be done about it, other than contact the better business bureau.
• United States
7 Feb 07
The insurance companies are running the doctor's business. They tell them how much time they can spend and what rx's they can write. Also, many doctors are greedy, and they overbook. They don't care that your time is important and valuable to you, they think that their time is more valuable. It is getting worse, and it is legal. Please don't for get to rate, and give a best response if you are pleased with my answer. Thank you, and God bless, M&M