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Doctor's Appointment

If you cancel your doctor's appointment within 24 hours, they will charge you.

They will also charge you if you are late.

But if they cancel or are late, why can't we charge them for wasting our time.

My time is every bit as valuable as anyone's.

I had an appointment to see my orthopedic surgeon yesterday at 10:15 a.m. I got there at 10 am and sat there, and sat there and still more sitting. It got to be 10:40 before I started losing my patience. I went up to the front desk to see what was going on. She said that I was next. I was making issue of all the people going back there that came in after me. They reminded me that there were many more doctors in this practice. I said, I realize that.

I wondered if he double-booked. I have low tolerance for practices that double-book.

So I sat back down in the waiting room and talked to a couple of people.

One woman asked if anyone had called her name.

I told those people I had been there almost an hour and I found out they were patients of the same doctor that I was waiting to see. And they were both booked at 11 am. I knew it!

I went back to the desk and asked if we should reschedule? I told her that I don't care for practices that double book. She told me that I was next, just like the other clerk. I sat down fuming.

I was called about 11:30 am into the back

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paigea wrote on July 15, 2014, 10:36 AM

Very frustrating. I once had a doctor who expected patients to state to the receptionist exactly what their appointment was for when they booked the appointment. She didn't double book, but she only allotted time based on what you had stated. If I tried to ask more questions or get her to check out something else, she would tell me to book another appointment! I learned to book my appointment according to everything I wanted to talk to her about. There were no long waits in her waiting room!

gidget wrote on July 15, 2014, 10:50 AM

All physicians should follow that.

Kidame wrote on July 15, 2014, 12:45 PM

It is not fair for them to charge if you postpone or late,our time is as precious as theirs

gidget wrote on July 15, 2014, 1:56 PM

No, it is not fair, but that is what they do.

NeldaHoxie wrote on July 15, 2014, 3:35 PM

There could have been an emergency that you weren't aware of. I've had 4 serious operations in 3 years. I'm sure some of my emergencies inconvenienced a few people, because the surgeon had to see me immediately without any notice. Doctors do the best they can. Practicing medicine is the same as doing hair or nails.

If you are going to a rehab center, you better work on your patience. While I've never been to one, I hear the nursing ratios are 1 nurse to 50 patients. There's lots of waiting at many of them.

gidget wrote on July 15, 2014, 5:37 PM

Having been a respiratory practitioner for 20 years, I am well aware of emergencies. There was no emergency. They booked 4 people in my time slot. As I know it is a financial business, they should concentrate on quality, not quantity.
A ratio of 1:30 is more accurate for the average nursing facility.
I'm just more concerned about getting the therapy at the facility and a nurse being available in case I develop an infection.

Kidame wrote on July 16, 2014, 10:10 PM

When i see such things happening they really piss me off,can't they for once put themselves into the shoes of the patient

gidget wrote on July 16, 2014, 10:42 PM

It is a business though, it's hard for patients to see it that way.