appointmentI 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.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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  1. Nerd Hero –
    If we as Americans give doctors a slap on the wrist for murder, why on earth would you think a little matter like disrespecting patients’ time would even be considered?

    http://www.salem-news.com/articles/march152010/hannibal-vilvarajah-ms.php

    The reality is this: no professionals in society commit more crimes’ steal more money; injure & kill more people unnecessarily – than the errant doctor population.

    Did you know that almost exactly 200 physicians are convicted every single month of the year?
    Did you know that – regardless of their crimes – they nearly always regain their medical licenses after they are released?

    If you like, take a peek at the MedicalMiscreant website for a reality check.

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    1. I think we’ll have to agree to disagree on a lot of this. For the most part I believe that doctors are ethical and helpful and save millions of lives a year.

      I do believe that our healthcare system as a whole is flawed and that doctors probably make way too much money compared to many of their contemporaries in similar European countries.

      It absolutely blows my mind that more people aren’t screaming mad that the richest, most powerful government on the planet doesn’t provide healthcare to its citizens. Instead it hands it all over to private industries who want nothing more than to make a profit. What’s even more depressing are the amount of people who argue vehemently against socialized healthcare, or whatever you want to call it, railing against it like socialized healthcare somehow equates to being a communist state.

      People in other countries, Canada, France, Spain, England, Switzerland etc. who have never had a concern about paying outrageous medical bills, all look at us like we’re nuts for allowing our ability to literally live or die be privatized.

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