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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 01:27 PM
So today I was forced to take 2 people to the doctors and then take them back because they werent supposed to drive. First goes off nicely in early Dr sees him and an hour latter we leave. The second trip is why these places frustrate me. Its an 11:30 apt so we show up the person goes back and I sit in the waiting room for what is supposed to take an hour or hour and a half almost three hours. Y does this happen arent doctors supposed to do stuff in a timely matter so they dont shoot you r whole day to hell. Does anybody else ever have this problem?

 

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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 01:34 PM
They are supposed to do things in a timely manner, but sometimes a patient comes in for a routine appointment, and something goes wrong. This causes things to get backed up. Also, each exam room needs to be cleaned/sterilized before the next patient. If it's a busy day, it sometimes takes longer than normal. And sometimes doctors or assistants get sick too, and thus the offices are short staffed. Next time, I suggest taking something good to read. Or have the person you're driving call you when they are finished if it's supposed to be a longer appointment. Then you can go about your day.
 

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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 01:35 PM
I work in the medical and have for the past 16 1/2 yrs. I wish things were quick and painless all of the time, but sometimes things don't run as smooth as what we like. Just like in everyday life.

 

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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 01:39 PM
I see my internist, a rheumatologist, A neurologist, a nephrologist and a psychologist all on a regular
basis.

they usually all run behind.

not always their fault, patients arrive late and can throw off the best laid plans.
changes of insurance causes extra paperwork, etc....


I carry ebooks on my palm pilot for such occasions.

Patience is a needed virtue for the doctors office, and I never schedule more than one doctors appointment on the same day.



If you think waiting at the doctor's office is bad, try the DMV.

sorry you day is shot to hell

 

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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 02:01 PM
Funny you should mention this...

Three weeks ago I broke my foot. It's a kinda sucky situation, but I slipped on ice, I was carrying my daughter (she's 2 & 1/2) because she was sick with an ear infection and was really clingy. I felt really bad for her. I was carrying into the house from my car. I saw it was icy and thought "now is not the time to slip", and just as I thought that... I slipped. Well, since I was carrying her, I couldn't brace myself and my foot must have hit the pavement weird and I broke it. I held onto my daughter though and she was fine, which is all that I cared about at the time...

The thing that I was most dreading was going to the hospital and dealing with it. Mostly for the same reason, I thought I would just be waiting forever. But I was so pleasantly surprised. Every appointment I have had was quick and painless. I just got my cast off today and went into a boot, I still am on crutches because I cannot put any weight on my foot. But the boot is nicer, it makes showering and sleeping a lot easier.

But unfortunately I realize that, unlike so many other things in life, doctors & hospitals are dealing with life and death. And to me it is more important they treat the people who need it the right way. - I think I only get irritated with the prologoned appointments, when they have rude people working in the office. Which fortunately, is not something I have had to deal with for a very long time... knock on wood.

 

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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 02:16 PM
My dad is 80 and I take him to his many doctors frequently. Also have 4 kids, and at 42, I'm breaking down too. From my experience:

Doctors overbook. They must leave absolutely no cushion between appointments, whereas, I always leave myself extra time between appointments when I'm out calling.

Doctors take "emergencies" which throw off the schedule. This, to me, is the ultimate doctor BS. Offices are for office visits, emergency rooms are for emergencies. The office should send emergencies where they belong, and likewise, the ER should kick out all the routine stuff that walks in the door either because they are uninsured, or don't want to wait for an appointment.

If they weren't overbooked to start, they might fit these in without screwing everything else up.

I don't know for sure, but I bet doctors get paid more for "emergency" care than office visits.

It's a racket and no other business would survive treating customers so poorly, but we exalt doctors as somehow sacred and tolerate it. They bill us for missed appointments, do we get a credit when we sit for hours, or they cancel us?

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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 02:37 PM
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I work in the medical and have for the past 16 1/2 yrs. I wish things were quick and painless all of the time, but sometimes things don't run as smooth as what we like. Just like in everyday life.


Yeah, that's the same thing the airlines say (no offense to you personally jszfunk [and I do understand what your saying], your post just helps me illustrate my point of view). I say schedule fewer appointments!

I hadn't been to the Dr. in 18 years (if you ain't sick, why go?). Been two times in the last month - spent a total of 4:30 in the Dr.s office, of which a total of 30 min was w/ the Dr. - the rest was spent in the two waiting rooms (you know, the second one is the little room they lead you to when you think "finally, I get to see the doctor", only to sit there for another 1/2 hour before he comes in.

I had given him the benifit of the doubt the first time, but after it happened the second time, I let him know I wasn't happy, as I took time off of work, got there 15 min early (as I should), I had appointments scheduled later that afternoon which were blown, etc.... he gave me "the line" and I informed him that since it appears to be a chronic problem, maybe he should consider scheduling fewer appointments. He didn't throw me out on the spot, so maybe he'll work out afterall.

 

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  posted on 3/27/2008 at 02:40 PM
Per the thread topic (Reasons I don't like Hospitals or Doctors Offices):

1) They are supposed to do things in a timely manner - they don't!
2) People there are sick - and I don't want to catch what they have!

 

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