Doctors Office

@babystar1 (4235)
United States
January 5, 2007 6:56pm CST
Did this ever happen to you? I had a doctor's app. today got there 10 minutes early ,and I was called back with in 20 minutes. The nurse weighted me took my blood pressure,than took me to a room and told me that the doctor will be with me in a few minutes,than she shut the door.After about 20 more minutes,I started to get very mad,no books to look at or tv. just four walls to look at.Forty minutes later the doctor finally comes in,and says how are you today.I was so mad I sat in the doctors office way over a hour. One thing I hate is to sit that long,I keep my app. on time why dont the doctors keep theirs. And no there was no emergency either.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
6 Jan 07
It happens mostly in America. I hate it. True...I was working in medical office. Doctors have scheduled 5-6 patients at the same time. On top of it each Doctor has a "goal" how much money office has to make. Patient pays a fortune and has to wait forever. Office crew has a huge pressure to "bring in" more patients. Huge pressure to "produce" more and more and is never enough. Because of production goal, patients are getting done more than needed. Doctors are upset when office is not making at least 200000 per month. Somehow they teach in medical school that patient is much better waiting in "operatory" than reception. So you are being throw into operatory...and doctor is coming when ready. They do the same in vet clinic. I was waiting once in tiny room with 2 shaking and crying dogs for over in hour. I find my solution. This is what you have to do: -you can ask to be in operatory only when doctor is ready -say that you are Claustrophobia and you can not stay alone in small room.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
6 Jan 07
I did think about that before.but I thought they would laugh at me and then try to give me medicine for claustrophobia,And thats all I need is more medicine.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
6 Jan 07
they would not. many people are claustrophobic in small spaces and it is not big deal.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
6 Jan 07
thanks for your reply on this matter.
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• Canada
6 Jan 07
That happened to me once. I took a book and my CD player with me....maybe I should have taken my laptop. When the doctor came in, I just ignored him for the first few minutes, and then I closed my book and said "Oh sorry....when I got here it was 2:00, now it appears to be 2:30. I guess I just got so engrossed in my book I didn't even notice you." LOL He got my point!
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
6 Jan 07
Good for you. Ihave to try that.
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• United States
6 Jan 07
i'm going to try this one thanks for the advice
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• United States
6 Jan 07
I've had this happen to me before. I can't stand it and it makes me so mad. I know that maybe the doctor got busy with another patient but the nurses could at least come in and tell me what's going on and why it's taking so long. It's really bad if you go to the doctor like on your lunch break or you have to be somewhere after the doctor's appointment because then it messes up your whole schedule for the rest of the day.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Yes they can come in and tell you that the doctor will be late, but they dont. thanks a lot
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@april444 (1341)
• United States
6 Jan 07
Yes of course this has happened to me and I always bring my own book. I think doctors have so many patients because they are trying to make as much money as possible. luckily for me my doctors office is a walk in place that I love you can not ever place an appt. you just show up this is really helpful for my family because my hubbie is a rr worker and is on call and goes out of state.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
6 Jan 07
We do also have a walk in but you still have to wait your turn, and sometimes they tell you that they are full and come back tomorrow. So you still have to wait. thanks for your comment.
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@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
6 Jan 07
This happens all the time when I go to take the kids to the Dr's.I am lucky if I only spend an hour there.Less than ten minutes of the time is spent with the Dr himself.I know it is so aggrivating to me too.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
6 Jan 07
ya,I no the doctor comes in and he out in 10 minutes. Thanks for you response.
• United States
8 Jan 07
Yes, this has happened to me more them once, I have about 4 different doctors that I visit on a regular basis. What I do now is either get the first appointment of the day or I will call and see if they are running "ontime". I also have some games I enjoy loaded on my cell phone, or bring my GBA with me. I'm the antsy type and sometimes looking a magazine doesn't help. And the most important thing I do about the situation is talked to my doctor about it and let them know how I feel about it --- now I am over 50 and I say that just to say its taken me years to learn that Doctors are gods and if we don't start expressing our compliants they won't change their ways either -- if there is an emergency okay but let me know when I arrive so I have a choice of making a new appointment. Communication a big if not the biggest key to sucess! :)
• United States
8 Jan 07
oops! typo that is doctors aren't gods and of course success was spelled wrong too -- sorry I'll have to review more carefully :)
@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
8 Jan 07
thank you for response,I am over 50 also. you had some very good points.
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• United States
6 Jan 07
I wished I had a dollar for every minute I have waited in a waiting room or for a doctor to finally come into the examination room. I would be able to afford any kind of house to live in. I have had your similar reactions and thoughts as to why do I have to wait so long for them when I am on time, but let me be 5 minutes late and they refuse to see me and make me set up another appointment. I hate waiting because my time is valuable too. I am going the gambit with doctors right now and my patience is getting thinner and thinner.
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• United States
6 Jan 07
Very true I forgot about that example.
@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Yes out time is very valuable.I AGREE WITH YOU 100% thanks for response
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• United States
6 Jan 07
girl you wouldnt believe. i was scheduled at 2 pm. i got there right at 2 pm. then it took til almost 3pm to get me weighed and into a room. then the nurse said the doctor will be in and then she came back and said he had to deliver a baby. well you know when they call the doctor in the head is usually out and all he has to do is pull it out and hand it to the nurse. well he didnt come back into the room until 345pm. and then he talked to me for a minute about my problem. and then he said change into the gown and i'll be back in 15 minutes. he came back in 20 mintues. by that time is was 415pm. then he looked at me talked to me and said it may or may not get better. i got out of there at 5pm. and had to be back home by 530pm and i live 45 minutes away in another town. i was mad as all stuff. i was there for 3 hours. and came out with no help and the same answers i had gotten from my regular doctor and the nurse at planned parenthood. here in my town 1 hour is nothing to be in a doctors office and out. it usually takes longer than that.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
6 Jan 07
You really had a bad experience.thanks for your reply.
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• United States
7 Jan 07
yea. it was horrible. i hate doctors offices.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Oh I have had this happen and even sometimes longer. Sometimes it's waiting a good 30 to 40 minutes before you even get into the back and then you have to sit there and twiddle your thumbs. However if you are even 5 minutes late you can lose your appointment time. I can't figure that out. My time is just as important as the doctors, why can they keep us waiting that long. They need to stop over booking, and some do horribly at this, and start concentrating on making things happen on time.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
22 Jan 07
You are so right out time is important to, I just dont no why they over book all the time.I think its the money they want.
@Perry2007 (2229)
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
Whenever I go to a doctors office, I bring along with me something to read, a book a magazine or news paper. Most of the time waiting is one inevitable in doctors office. Next time you go see your doctor better bring a reading material.
@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I sure will bring something to read the next time and I have a dr appt. this week.
@ronita34 (3923)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
Yes this happens probably too often also today. This is probably my main reason for always trying to avoid the doctor all together. I also noticed that as a walk in patient you seem to get in much quicker than if you had made an appointment.
@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I noticed the same thing
@wiessied (646)
• United States
22 Jan 07
i hate waiting on doctors,we should get a discount for having to wait.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Yes we all should get a discount for waiting that long.
• China
7 Jan 07
it depends on the character of this docter... some of them have no time conception...I am so lucky that I did not meet so circumstances..wish you never meet this circumstance in future.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Thank you
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@missybal (4492)
• United States
7 Jan 07
It never happens to me at my doctor's office, but at my husband's (he goes to his old family doctor's) we once waited in the waiting room for a whole hour. We finally had enough and went up to the desk to say what's the deal... the woman at the desk marked him as a no show. She got his name wrong...
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Oh my ,thats sad better get some different desk help.
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@carmat (2850)
• Canada
7 Jan 07
It happens all the time, that is the way it is with doctors they work on their own agenda, the funny thing is I work in the retail environment I have seen doctors take fits over waiting for only a minute or two for someone to find something for them. I think they are on a power trip and do it because they can.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
7 Jan 07
yaq the doctors get mad when they have to wait, dont they think about there patients. thanks for you comment.
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@icequeen (2841)
• Canada
7 Jan 07
This always happens to me. I get really mad too..because I am always early like you. I hate when you have to wait...and sometimes I say something to that effect. However..they always seem to have an excuse for it...etc. I agree that they should keep thier appointments on time just like thier patients...
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Thanks for agreeing with me.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
6 Jan 07
I know its happen to me too. They dont care how long they keep you. I have change doctors because of that. I now have good family Doctor who does not keeping me waiting. You shouldnt have to.
@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Glad that you found a good doctor.The doctor's are all like that where I live.
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• United States
6 Jan 07
You and I must have the same doctors. I call and check if the doctor is running late before I leave home to keep my appointment if the receptionist says he/she is on time. I am at the doctor's office on time. It only takes me 15 minutes to get there and if I have to wait longer than 20 minutes. I make a loud point of telling the receptionist or nurse that some-one didn't tell the truth when I called. Now I never have to wait more than 10 minutes so I guess complaining does work.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
7 Jan 07
you are lucky. I done did that, and I still had to wait.When I complained I thin they got mad cause I still had to sit forever.
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
6 Jan 07
I know that waiting is miserable, and if this is something that happens everytime you see this doctor, then I would consider it a problem and maybe seek a new doctor. However, if this only happens occasionally, you need to stop and think about it. Perhaps the person ahead of you had some kind of very serious problem that required a lot more of the doctor's time than was anticipated. You have no way of knowing what kind of problem he ran into there. I like knowing that when I have a problem that requires more than the alloted amount of time, the doctor will give it to me and not just rush me through to get to the next patient. There is no way for a doctor to accurately anticipate exactly how much time each patient is going to need for each appointment.
@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
7 Jan 07
yes but the doctors do not have to have 6 or more patients come in at the same time.
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• United States
6 Jan 07
Yes this has happened to me on several occasions. I don't think I ever waited 40 minutes from the time I was taken into the examining room but it's been close to it. I agree with you that if we are courteous enough to show up on time to our appointment the doctor should show the same courtesy. They seem to think their time is more valuable than ours. Why, because they make more money than we do? Well, they are wrong.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
7 Jan 07
It's all about money. thanks
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