November 10, 2022 BY admin-speakmd
Lets be honest, no one likes sitting in a doctor’s waiting room. There is a million other places you…
Lets be honest, no one likes sitting in a doctor’s waiting room. There is a million other places you would rather be. Please understand as physicians, we hate when our patient’s wait. It puts them in a bad mood, they cause problems for our staff and it hurts our idea of an efficient practice.
One other point, as late as a doctor is running, I can garuntee you he or she is not checking facebook or enjoying a break in the back. There is no such thing a a break during a doctors office day. They are working hard to get to you, while still helping the patients before you.
None of this is meant to justify rude or unhelpful staff or physicians. In that situation, simply go see a different doctor.
Many patients argue that the office needs to plan better to avoid delays. Please understand many offices are dealing with very sick or injured patients. Every patient requires a different level of explanation and hand holding. There is absolutely no way to time and plan for this. Believe us many business consultants have tried and failed.
Here is an example, earlier today we had patient with a cancer diagnosis who needed to leave for a business meeting. appointment time 5 minutes. The following appointment was with a patient with low back pain for 12 years that had no new increase or decrease in pain. The patient requested a run down of all the treatment options and potential side effects for the 3rd straight appointment. Appointment time 35minutes.
Now if you were to plan for appointment times who would you have given more time to? The cancer patient or the back pain patient? That is why doctors appointments run late. If a doctor cares and wants to treat his patients the right way, there will be delays on some of your appointments.
With that being said, there are good times to schedule your appointment to ensure a timely appointment.