I am pretty anal about showing up on time to meetings and appointments no matter what they are far. I’m always on time for doctor’s appointments because, for some reason, I still hold out hope that I might be seen somewhere near my actual appointment time.
There are many doctors who have rules that if you show up more than 15 minutes late for your appointment they can, and often do, refuse to see you.
Admittedly my primary doctor isn’t all that terrible. The most I usually wait there is 20 to 30 minutes and often it’s not that long at all. The real problem is when you have to see a specialist.
Earlier today I had an 11:30 a.m. appointment at an endocrinologist. It was a little past 2:30 p.m. before I was actually seen. Don’t get me wrong, it crossed my mind a number of times to just get up and walk out but the problem was I had been waiting over two months for the appointment already. I couldn’t risk not being able to find another specialist that would have been able to see me in a timely manner; When I was calling around to make the original appointment it was difficult enough to find a specialist that actually dealt with the condition for which I was seeking treatment.
Shouldn’t there be a some sort of repercussion or penalty of some sort for doctors who consistently make patients wait for hours and hours.
What’s your idea for holding doctors accountable for disregarding a patient’s appointment time in order to pack in as many people as possible to keep their billing rates going non-stop.