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Old 04-07-2011, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by flyonpa View Post
Doc get 15min then I'm Gone. They have phones and my number, if they are going to be more then 15m behind schedule. I expect a phone call tell me, we are running late. I've mailed bills to doctor offices, Called Re-Schedule/Late Fee, For my time. One even paid it by check. Others I subtracted the amount from there bill, and when they question it they take it off my bill. And write it off.

Well, then you're only screwing yourself. Obviously you have some sort of health problem, or you wouldn't be there. I chose to sit it out, figure I'm already there. for the sake of another 30 min, I get something. Otherwise, its a major headache to reschedule the whole thing, time off work, child care, transportation, paid for your parking, hey, you can fume, but most wait. what choice do you have when you're ill?

But I will walk out on a routine exam! And, I don't tell them! They wasted my time, I wast their's. why let them know their schedule is loosened up a bit? Let them figure out where I am. But more doctors are making you pay upfront, so it doesn't really matter how long you wait, or how p'od you are, does it
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Old 04-10-2011, 01:07 AM
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When you say a family doctor, do you mean the same doctor for the whole family?

IMO, that really isn't a good idea. I know, the magazines say have a family doctor, who knows you and your situation, etc, but that could backfire.

If you have an issue with the doctor, the whole family will find themselves looking for another doc. Keep your options spread wide.

I even take my kids to seperate pediatricians, and I do NOT tell one ped about the other sibling. My ds has had some serious behavioral problems, which we are dealing with. But I don't need his ped looking at dd with a different opinion. She's just there for the basics, not to follow in his footsteps.

I know, general opinion is, the doctor needs to know the family dynamics, what affects one affects all, but it doesn't work out that way in reality. I always maintain seperate primary care physicians for all family members, I've learned the hard way that's best.
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:03 AM
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"Family doctor" has been replaced with "primary care physician" in most usage. I think that is what the OP was looking for.
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Old 04-10-2011, 02:34 PM
Location: state of procrastination
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Originally Posted by Rakhi View Post
All, I needed some advice. My family doctor right now is awful. I mean, he is OK treatment wise but every time I go there, the doctor is at least 1 hour late. The clinic closes at 6 PM, so I have to take permission from work to be there at least on time and then the doctor is late, every single time for at least 1 hour.

Is this normal or am I with the wrong doctor?

I am thinking of changing the doctors and here is what I have in mind. Please can you suggest if I am covering everything I need to know before I choose a doctor?

1. At least a few good reviews.
2. Clinic open at least till 7 so that I dont have to take permission from work.
3. Open at least a few hours on Saturday.
4. Pleasant to talk to.
My doctor is really in high demand and deals with emergency situations so the clinic always tells everyone who wants to sign up with this doctor that it will be a 3 hour wait to see him. I don't think it necessarily means he is a bad doctor. Sometimes a doctor will go overtime on all their patients because they are being thorough, so by late afternoon the schedule is an hour behind. I don't think it's fair nor reasonable to limit appointment times to 15 minutes per patient, which is the standard right now. It just makes for sloppy practice a lot of times... and a lot of repeat appointments instead of taking care of all the issues at once.

But if you want a doctor that is very fast and who will deal with small, focused problems, you can definitely find one. Many are trained to be quick.

Problem is when people get older and they have 3-4 problems, that 15 minutes no longer works well...
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:13 PM
Location: Boonies
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I think I would check out the state medical board of licensure to see if there are complaints filed against him/her. I would call the office and ask if it would be possible to meet the doctor before becoming a patient. Find out who covers for them when they take time off. I was in this situation more than once. I would get very attached to my doctor and then they would leave! So this last time, I asked the new physician, "Do you plan on staying around for awhile, because I am getting tired of this you getting to know me, I'm getting to know you!" She thoroughly understood what I was talking about! Prior to her, I met a doctor that was very good, but our personalities didn't click and to this day, I am still having problems with anxiety that I got while being her patient for a year! So it does pay to take your time and do some research. Good Luck to you.
One more thing....sometimes, my physician is running late, but she does take her time with me too. She is worth the wait. NOW, I have a friend that runs a specialist practice and she said her boss is always rescheduling patients appointments due to his kids sports, always takes personal phone calls during patient visits... I would hate that!
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