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  • from my med check. 3 hours 10 minutes. I just take the time to read. learn and do something positive. Thanks to all. you all are great. Dan
  • I often wait 2-3 hours at my neurologists office and don't mind one bit. Why? Because I know that she gives every patient the level of care that they need regardless of the time it takes. She has, more than once, spent upwards of an hour and a half with me and I know that she has done it with ANY patient that requires it. I often soothe those new patients in the waiting room by telling them that and that they may get in faster with another doc but will never get the level of personal care that she gives.

    I learned early that I can go back to my truck, recline the seat and take a nap while I'm waiting. The receptionist will call me when I'm next. It's a better way to spend the time rather than sitting in bad chairs.

    At 45 minutes away this is my closest doc. My others are 3 1/2 hours drive from here. I don't mind waiting for the level of care that I get once I'm seen with them either. It makes for a long day but, when the day is done I know that my concerns have been addressed.

    We have to come to some understanding that the medical community is overloaded and there simply arent't enough support staff to aid in the increasing need of the aging American population. I can't make myself more important than the patients that came in before me and have had to learn to be patient.... it was a long process LOL!

    The view from here,
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  • I waited over 2 hours to see my PM on Monday and as I was finally leaving (at 4:30pm), the last 3 patients scheduled were being bumped to the next available appointments.

    I don't mind the waiting, if it's an appointment that ran long or an emergency that really needs attention, but what really bothers me is that he knows his actual time spent with each patient far exceeds the time allotted in his schedule. This is not rocket science - if you know you spend and average of 30 minutes with each patient, then don't schedule 4 patients per hour.

  • Yes it's way too clinical with the waiting room. All the seats are hard! I went for a visit where I work in ER and we used to have leather couches. Now there's all plastic hard chairs connected together. It was a shame when patients waiting cut up the couches.
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • The clinic and Pain doc and NP I have been seeing fore the past 2+ years have been OK as far as the wait time. I do set my appointments up as so as I get done with my visit and I try to get the 2-3pm time slot. Seem better during those hours, anyway their was 1 time I was waiting to see my NP and it was 20-30 min overdue and the reason was he was firing a patient that came in and apparently was higher than a kite. I noticed him as he came out and he was really ticked off and he started to get into it with the receptionist and she had the manager call the police. He did take off and I was not privey to what happened with this but that was the only time I can think of my appointment was late and for good reason. Jim
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  • I was just wondering if any of you have thought of calling ahead and see if the doctor is running on time. That is the arrangement I have with my OS as he is always running late due to the amount of time he spends with each patient. His receptionist is always honest with me and tells me if I should show up later than my actual appointment. The part that really gets to me also is that the parking is extremely expensive and he does not validate.

    Just an idea.

  • At my doctor, if you don't sign in on time (which is defined as not less than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time) then your appointment is automatically canceled, whether he's running late or not. :O
  • That is harsh, Mine has a sign posted that if you arrive more then 20 minutes after your assigned appt time it MAY have to be rescheduled. I always thought that was nice of them.
  • I have been fortunate to not have to wait more than 20 minutes with my surgeon and PM. Hope it stays that way
  • My doc is really great when it comes to care and bedside manner, but definitely harsh in the policy department. Being late twice will get you dropped as a patient; showing up without your medications once gets you rescheduled, twice gets you the boot; failing to meet the goals for your plan of care for more than 2 months will get you the boot.. etc.
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