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  • Reading this thread is pretty interesting. I find that doctors that run behind generally spend a whole lot more time with patients, make sure that all questions are answered, etc. Remember, when you book that appointment for a med refill, of course the receptionist scheduling will give you a 5 minute slot. If you tell your doc, "Oh, and while I'm here, what do you think of this (surgeon, procedure, other meds) etc." is the majority of reasons doctors run behind.It may seem likely a 30 sec. question to you, but check your watch on the reply and its often 10-15 minutes. And for that 30 sec. question, you just added another 10-15 more minutes of documentation the physician has to do in your chart, which makes them run behind even more. I routinely wait over 2 hours for one doctor (always), I know it, take a book, and am pleased with the time he spends with me. If getting in and at are that important to you - make sure that the scheduler knows EVERYTHING you need to be seen for or ask to be seen as first patient in the morning or afternoon - remember you will wait a lot longer to get in to be seen. And to those that complain about overbooking, many doctors do because of high no-show rates (just like airplanes), or so patients with needs can be seen within a certain period of time. No shows not only waste the doctors time, they waste the time of every single member of his support staff. And on booking too many patients, how happy would you be if you needed a PM appointment and they told you since the doctor can "really" only see one patient a half hour so his next appointment would be in 3 months?
  • just my point
    people ask and ask questions which monopolize their time which makes us wait. people should be aware of questions and how this affects the time of the doctor. i hear patients in the next room talk and talk and sometimes it is not about pain. they talk about kids vacations etc. by the way i can't but hear because walls are too thin. we need to be aware of others. i try to get in, little questions and out asap. i try to keep appt for 15 minutes. if dr thinks he needs to talk more then so be it. i try to let others have their time and not to wait too long. remember the world does not revolve around us. we all have to live in the same world. if the dr gets off subject, i try to bring it back to the point at hand. may pain dr likes to vent about insurance companies and how they rip us off etc. i try to bring him back and not let him go on and on.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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  • optimist said:
    And on booking too many patients, how happy would you be if you needed a PM appointment and they told you since the doctor can "really" only see one patient a half hour so his next appointment would be in 3 months?
    I guess I'm one of those strange souls that would prefer honesty, even if it means my doctor has to say to some patients (including me!) "I'm sorry, I haven't got any more time for questions during this appointment because other patients are waiting. Please schedule the next available appointment and ask the receptionist to book a double slot so that we can discuss *insert procedure, drug, referral, etc* in depth."

    I see it from the perspective of a professional, as well. I can't just keep on counseling someone because they've had a particularly rotten day or because they thought of something at the last minute that they meant to talk about; I can't schedule with 2 clients at the same time, just because one of them might not show up; and I can't ask one client to sit wait for an hour (or however long the first person needs to talk!) because they both happened to show up for their appointments, exactly as I scheduled them.

    As far as the high no-show rates - there's certainly not a shortage of pain patients in most areas, so I really don't see any problem with doctors weeding the no-shows out of their practices. If a patient can't manage to show up for their appointments OR abide by the office's cancellation policy, then I have to question just how much that patient really needs the appointment to begin with.
  • book in at the desk {in hospital} then go and sit in my car then they phone me when its my turn to see the doctor.i too cart wait for hours because i sit down on the waiting room chairs {too uncomfortable} its a different story at my doctors ,he runs to time and the most i have ever had to wait is 10 mins.
  • Hi Bionic,

    I had to comment on what you said because my PM doctor rushes you out the door within 10 minutes or less. I was SO turned off by this on my first visit however, he did say "if you have more questions or need to talk some more, please call me and I will be happy to call you back when I have the time." I did exactly as he said (several times now) and I am shocked to say that he called me back and stayed on the phone as long as needed.

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