mommadeb1 wrote:I think you are the exception to the rule if you try to stay close to your schedule!! I have one dr. that I know will be running at least 30 min. late!! But I can't complain as she does take the time with her patients if they need. I had a neurologist who ran about 1 hour late.... but then again, if I needed the extra time I got it.
I understand this point of view, and to a degree, I agree with it. However, I have one doctor who blames most of the behind schedule stuff on greed and overbooking. The first time I saw him, I had time to look at a magazine in the waiting room, and almost pick out an interesting article to read, but not actually read anything, before they called me to an examining room. I figured it would be a while before he saw me, so I took the magazine along. Didn't even have time to get my shoe off (he's a foot doctor, you see) before he was in the room. He likes to stay on schedule, and if a patient has a concern that's not the reason for the visit, he has them make another appointment. My dermatologist, that's another story. She's always late. I still show up on time, or 5 minutes early, but I take a book. Once, I had the audacity to have other plans at what I thought was a reasonable amount of time after my appointment. After waiting nearly an hour, I went to the reception desk and said I had to leave. They said, "You can't leave, you're the next patient." I told them I had to leave and I'd like to re-schedule, and they said, "But you can't leave." I asked them, "Are you telling me you're holding me here against my will?" That seemed to get their attention. They promptly gave me an appointment for the following afternoon, and I was seen by the doctor within 5 minutes.
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