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Old 07-21-2018, 01:41 PM
 
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11 seconds sounds like an exaggeration but it's probably close. We get so short a time with MD's today, less and less time I'm seeing. Last appt with ortho surgeon for my knee, he was 1 hr late, I waited for 1 hr in lobby, and the appt was about 1/2 hr including xrays. And the fees rise and insurance pays less. Notice that one?

I'm thinking of going to a new ortho surgeon for my knee, and wonder if he'll give me time to explain my issue? And hear me?

Also, at my last appt, the Ortho MD was diddling on the computer so much as I sat there.

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Old 07-21-2018, 01:54 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Family doc and specialists I'd say about five minutes. The human touch in medicine is rapidly vanishing. Being really old I remember as a kid in the 50's what old school medicine was all about. We lived in rural Ohio and doctors made house calls carrying the old black leather medical bags. Different times.
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Old 07-21-2018, 02:00 PM
 
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And yet, my MD gives me plenty of time and does her job just fine. Maybe it's how you approach your doctor.
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Old 07-21-2018, 02:08 PM
 
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And yet, my MD gives me plenty of time and does her job just fine. Maybe it's how you approach your doctor.
And how you prepare for your appointment too. They don't have time to indulge my vagueness or answer an endless string of spontaneous questions. I get it. So, I prepare in advance, keep the reason for my appointments specific, and my questions concise. If I don't happen to get an answer to a question, I call them and ask again.
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Old 07-21-2018, 02:37 PM
 
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And yet, my MD gives me plenty of time and does her job just fine. Maybe it's how you approach your doctor.

I agree. My doctor has a lot of patients but I always get more than enough time with him -- 15 minutes at a minimum if I have no questions and up to 30 minutes if necessary. Like Parnassia, I have a list of questions and comments prepared in advance. And, like oldgardener, I ask all questions with respect.
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Old 07-21-2018, 03:24 PM
 
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Family doc and specialists I'd say about five minutes. The human touch in medicine is rapidly vanishing. Being really old I remember as a kid in the 50's what old school medicine was all about. We lived in rural Ohio and doctors made house calls carrying the old black leather medical bags. Different times.
Talk about being old, I remember being born at home. The human touch is vanishing more and more in this digital fast paced age we live in in this 21st century.

I have had good experiences with MD's but enough issues. But it's getting less...maybe outside of the large cities it's different but I live in a large city and it's go go go. And I'm not moving.

I'm glad to hear others above so enthralled with their doctors.

I talk about a great D.O. I had who knew about the thyroid and called in a rx without labs and all that everyone goes thru today. I can remember when one could call up their doc and tell them what was going on and that doc would call in an abx or whatever. Those days are gone...it's now a test and labs for everything.

And I know everyone here will not agree and that's fine about where they come from.
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Old 07-21-2018, 03:31 PM
 
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I can speak for the health system I work for only... our providers are scheduled for only 15 minute appointments. That 15 minute slot is scheduled with 2 folks in the theory one isn’t going to show up. The doctors are annoyed by the system and will be spend as much time needed with any given patient. This often leads to long wait times in the office. Factor in if both people scheduled for the same slot show up and he doctor is even further behind. It sucks for all parties involved.
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Old 07-21-2018, 04:27 PM
 
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I see docs in the Dallas metropolitan area. No small towns here. Most of them have offices attached to a hospital (cause those are the ones who accept Medicare!) and I never feel rushed. I see them for 20-30 min.

The don't hand-write or dictate chart notes these days, they type them into the computer as we go.
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Old 07-21-2018, 04:34 PM
 
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I see docs in the Dallas metropolitan area. No small towns here. Most of them have offices attached to a hospital (cause those are the ones who accept Medicare!) and I never feel rushed. I see them for 20-30 min.

The don't hand-write or dictate chart notes these days, they type them into the computer as we go.
Oh yes, they spend more time on the puter than with patients. That is the medical trend today.

Much of the old time medicine and doctors I do miss.
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Old 07-21-2018, 04:40 PM
 
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IIRC, most MD appointments--on average--encompass 8 minutes, or less. That can be sufficient... or not.
Before I visit any of my MDs, I jot-down a few questions, and my asking of those questions--and the receipt of their responses--can lengthen my time with that doctor, as well as add to my knowledge base.
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