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    Quote Originally Posted by mommytoMR.FACE View Post
    I apologize to the patients when a doctor is running late and 95% of the time they roll their eyes at me... Tell me I don't mean it... Or they feel like it opens up an invitation for them to start yelling at me. When the doctor walks in and apologizes, the patient that just yelled at me says, "Oh it's okay !!!"

    The other 5% smile and tell me they understand and they know it's not my fault.

    I actually had a guy tell me that *I* was lucky I called his name when I did because he was going to leave. He then told me the doctor has only 5 minutes to walk into his exam room. He was really rude and it really took a lot for me to stay quiet instead of telling him he can't talk to me that way. Needless to say, patients' a lot of times don't realize that most docs stick up for their staff. Guess who got skipped and had to wait even longer. The next day, my coworker said that she saw that same guy at a bar that day and he was bragging and laughing about what he said to me.
    People can be such jerks! And I dont really get what they think they are accomplishing with their rudeness. Its like people who are rude to waitresses. Umm, who do you think controls when you're food comes? In this case, who do you think controls how soon you are seen next time, or even when the next 'available' appointment is?
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    I am very late to this one. (oops)

    I would not wait 2 hours to see a doctor unless it was a specialist and I'd been told that that might happen. I think 15 minutes is tolerable but not great, and half an hour would really piss me off and I'd expect them to acknowledge, apologize, and promise it wouldn't happen again. I can't take a half day off every time I have a doctor's appointment. It's one thing to have a specific situation and it's another to overbook so it happens consistently.

    As for delivery, I went to a group practice (all women), so even though I had my main doctor, they rotated me through everyone during my pregnancies so I would be familiar with everyone just in case it was someone else's turn. I get it; they took turns being on call, which seems fair to me. With my son I got my regular doctor but not with my daughter, but I'd already met her and been examined by her. It wasn't my preference but I didn't think it was unreasonable that they trade off being on call.
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    My Gp here in town at one point 2 hours was a standard wait time they actually encouraged you to call at your appointment time rather than come in to see how long the wait was. A co workers husband was still waiting for a 11am appointment at 5pm one day. It was a pain because I always get appointments after work so as not to inconvenience anyone so i was often still at the doctors at 7pm with a very hungry child.

    My GP in my home town is never on time but I will wait for her because she is so good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ange84 View Post
    My Gp here in town at one point 2 hours was a standard wait time they actually encouraged you to call at your appointment time rather than come in to see how long the wait was. A co workers husband was still waiting for a 11am appointment at 5pm one day. It was a pain because I always get appointments after work so as not to inconvenience anyone so i was often still at the doctors at 7pm with a very hungry child.

    My GP in my home town is never on time but I will wait for her because she is so good.
    See, that tells me they are overbooking. It's one thing to know that the doctor isn't rushing patients through but when it's standard like that it means there's a problem with the booking and they need to change it. Who has all day to sit there?
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    The doctor had lost the other doctor in his practice so he was still trying to see the same amount of patients a day. I have few choices here, most doctors have closed their books to new patients and the one I know of who will take new people I refuse to see because I have seen him once and know his reputation and he is not a good doctor. My GP in my home town only works two days a week as well so getting into her can take awhile and she doesn't take new patients really, she has a following who go wherever she is working, including when she worked at an indigenous clinic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    See, that tells me they are overbooking. It's one thing to know that the doctor isn't rushing patients through but when it's standard like that it means there's a problem with the booking and they need to change it. Who has all day to sit there?
    I agree with this. There may be special circumstances (like if they are the only doctor in town and can't stand to turn anyone away while they look for a partner) where this may happen temporarily, but if it's the norm and they aren't doing anything about it, I think that's a real problem. If I had to wait all day to see a doctor, I would never see a doctor. I just don't have that kind of time.
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    We just changed family doctors because of the wait times and the fact our old GP was never available. If I called to book an appt it would be at least 2 months down the road, she only worked part time and she relied on a locum to manage her patient load. Plus, she was starting to lose her mind, I think. Once, when I mentioned that the intimacy in my marriage was waning a bit she said "Well, you have to kids so you never have to have sex ever again if you don't want." Like, what kind of doctor says that?????

    Anyhoo, our new doctor will take the kids the same day if they're sick and DH and I can get in with an appt the next day if we're sick.

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    I was thinking about this thread while at our new walk in clinic last night. They have a really cool system where you can text in, and they will put you in cue, then they will text you 10 min before your appointment, so you dont have to sit around the waiting room for hours. Just thought it was really cool and wanted to share. Also, I have learned that if you just walk in, with a cute or crying baby (as I did last night), they will fit you in at the front of the cue. Its not like anyone can tell if the waiting room is empty
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    We just changed family doctors because of the wait times and the fact our old GP was never available. If I called to book an appt it would be at least 2 months down the road, she only worked part time and she relied on a locum to manage her patient load. Plus, she was starting to lose her mind, I think. Once, when I mentioned that the intimacy in my marriage was waning a bit she said "Well, you have to kids so you never have to have sex ever again if you don't want." Like, what kind of doctor says that?????

    Anyhoo, our new doctor will take the kids the same day if they're sick and DH and I can get in with an appt the next day if we're sick.
    Good call on switching doctors. Yeesh.

    Our pediatrician has special hours reserved for "sick" visits, they don't book appointments during that time so they can take the kids who need immediate attention without having to disrupt everybody else. They always use it, that's for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    Good call on switching doctors. Yeesh.

    Our pediatrician has special hours reserved for "sick" visits, they don't book appointments during that time so they can take the kids who need immediate attention without having to disrupt everybody else. They always use it, that's for sure.
    I think my GP has part of their time set aside for sick patients that need to be seen right away too. I have sometimes called and not been able to get an appointment, but they said to just "walk in" and I have never had to wait long. My impression is that they reserve some slots for appointments, and some for walk ins, and they manage it very well because there is never too long a wait whether have an appointment or just walk in.
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