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I've about had it with...

by Rolway / July 21, 2006 6:11 AM PDT

these frigging Doctors. Between this week and last week I've had to go over to the hospital for appointments for both the wife and myself almost every day. Last week was every day, this week 3 days. What they do, is make appointments for, say 10AM. You are lucky to see them by 11AM. Sit and wait, Sit and wait. They think they are God almighty and we are there to sit and wait for when ever they get around to see us. I have walked out twice now on my primary care Doc because he is famous for never being on time. He had a fit because of it, and told me he has many, many patients and if I could'nt wait, then I did'nt need a Doc. I told him, thats right, if I have to wait 1 hour past appointment time, I don't need him for a Doc. Hes better now when he sees me in the waiting room, which is very seldom, since I have all specialists. Of which they are the worst. I get in there and the Doc says, well, your blood pressure is a little high Mr. George. Your damn right its high, just give me the Good news and get me the hell out of here. Last month I walked out of X-ray after sitting there for over an hour. Told the receptionist to shove it. Could'nt have been important cause I did'nt hear no more. The hell with them.

Sorry about the gripe and using up the space on here. Just a bad day I guess. But, There otta be a law against this overbooking. Its getting worse and longer all the time. Maybe its all these snow birds coming up from down south clogging up the system to get their fixs, after spending the winter basking in the sun. I don't know.

Is it like this every where, or just me.

George (Yeah, I know, suck it in and join the club. Yeah.)

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I know where you're coming from....
by EdH / July 21, 2006 6:23 AM PDT

often feel the same way.

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ditto
by Mark5019 / July 21, 2006 6:27 AM PDT

7 hrs in er past monday

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You know Mark.....
by Rolway / July 21, 2006 7:23 AM PDT
In reply to: ditto

7 hours in the ER around here is about the norm. One sunday afternoon about 3 PM I was carted off in the ambulance to the ER. They went all over me, tested this and tested that. Came back in and said I would be going to a room upatairs shortly I had pneumonia. In other words I was being admitted. That was about 9PM. Around midnight I started hollering as the gurney I was lying on was not too comfortable. Relax, relax, they kept saying. The Doc is getting all your paper work together to go up stairs. Shes very busy. Lot of acvtivity in here tonight. Yeah, yeah. About 5 AM, 16 hrs later, I somehow got off that gurney and hollered to the nurse out there. Get me a phone. She tried to calm me down and wanted to know, why the phone. I yelled at her, DO YOU Know who I am. Now get the phone I want to call 911 for an ambulance to get me out of here and into a Hospital. Within an hour they had me upstairs in a bed. On the way up stairs, the orderly asked who I was. Told him, a very pissed off frequent flyer. Happy

17 hrs. in that ER. Jeeze:(....And this was no joke, its a true story.

George

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I call ahead
by Cindi Haynes / July 21, 2006 7:06 AM PDT

And ask them if the doctor is running late. Often, they will tell you so, and about how long. Then, I adjust when I leave accordingly. Of course, the downside is if they get caught up and you're not there you miss your appointment, but so far that's not happened to me.

Cindi

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(NT) (NT) Thats a good idea Cindi. I'll Have to try it..
by Rolway / July 21, 2006 7:25 AM PDT
In reply to: I call ahead
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Some times I show up early and get squeezed in...
by EdH / July 21, 2006 7:40 AM PDT
In reply to: I call ahead

but my problem is not so much with the local folks who are pretty good; it's with the big upstate Medical Center that takes an hour and a half to drive to each way, and the "team" of specialists who are "working" on my case. They sound great in meetings but never get back to me, sometimes after repeated calls, then call out of the blue.

And their answer to everything is another MRI.

Oh well. Many others are much worse off.

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You nailed it Ed...
by grimgraphix / July 21, 2006 1:51 PM PDT

When you said ''Oh well. Many others are much worse off.''

I can't speak to every delay someone encounters in a physicians office but the truth about many delays is that lots of times the collective staff is working on putting out fires.

I worked in a health clinic for a couple of years and lots of days schedules were within a half hour to an hour of the original schedule. Other days you would have the patient that comes in with symptoms that demand all the staffs time and knowledge.

Not making excuses, not saying one person is more important than another... just saying that some day, you and I will probably be the patient that is so bad off that it takes the attention of all the staff for a good part of the day. That is why I plan on taking up sky diving in my 70's. Wink

In the mean time... every hour on the hour, please remind the staff POLITELY, that you are there and waiting to be seen. The real truth is that the doctor is actually playing online poker and needs the break so they have some sort of pay check left to pay the bills. Devil

grim

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Another reason we're glad we moved, George
by Josh K / July 21, 2006 7:20 AM PDT

I had that happen all the time in NJ -- the reason is simple, doctors would overbook and expect people to just sit there waiting for hours. One doctor kept me waiting an hour in the waiting room, then another 30 minutes after they brought me back into the exam room. I got up and walked out just as he came in, just on principle.

Nobody in my family has had to wait yet down here. They see you when you're scheduled to be seen and the waiting rooms aren't packed with people who all have the same appointment time you do.

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Sounds good to me Josh...
by Rolway / July 21, 2006 7:33 AM PDT

Now why can't they operate like that up here. Too many idiots I guess. Probably the almighty dollar. Sqeeze em in, get all you can.

George

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Don't you live in Massachusetts?
by EdH / July 21, 2006 10:01 AM PDT

Hmmm.

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(NT) (NT) Hmm What?? I exist in MA. Lost you Ed?
by Rolway / July 21, 2006 10:21 AM PDT
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People's Republic of...?
by EdH / July 21, 2006 10:26 AM PDT

Just kidding. Lots of experience in Taxachusetts and not crazy about it.

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(NT) (NT) Ha, ha, I hear ya...
by Rolway / July 21, 2006 10:29 AM PDT
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Though they are up there with Vermont and New Hampshire...
by EdH / July 21, 2006 10:31 AM PDT
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Actually that's HEALTHIEST..
by EdH / July 21, 2006 10:38 AM PDT

gotta find healthcare rankings.

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Here's an interesting one...
by EdH / July 21, 2006 10:49 AM PDT
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This ones interesting too....
by Rolway / July 21, 2006 11:06 AM PDT

Summary

The U.S. does not have the best health care system in the world - it has the best emergency care system in the world. Advanced U.S. medical technology has not translated into better health statistics for its citizens; indeed, the U.S. ranks near the bottom in list after list of international comparisons. Part of the problem is that there is more profit in a pound of cure than an ounce of prevention. Another part of the problem is that America has the highest level of poverty and income inequality among all rich nations, and poverty affects one's health much more than the limited ministrations of a formal health care system.

see its the almighty buck again

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Sounds suspiciously like ...
by EdH / July 21, 2006 11:27 AM PDT

left wing propaganda. When they start talking about "income inequality", hide your wallet.

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They say the..
by Rolway / July 21, 2006 11:25 AM PDT

Life expectancy for MA males is 71.6 years. Boy, That a crock or I'm way overdue. Think I'll start going to church again. See the light. Maybe squeeze out a few more years just to prove them wrong. These southern Baptist up here are a pretty determined bunch when it comes to praying to the good lord. So be it.:)

George (I better zip it up right now)

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Yeah but,
by duckman / July 21, 2006 11:26 AM PDT
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several men died at 45 so you could live longer!!

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Really.....
by Rolway / July 21, 2006 11:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Yeah but,

Well, I'm sorry bout that and I thank them, but honestly, I had nothing to do with it.

George

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(NT) (NT) I think it has something to do with the law of averages
by EdH / July 21, 2006 9:07 PM PDT
In reply to: Really.....
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We must be very lucky ...
by Evie / July 21, 2006 8:15 AM PDT

... so far no problems with waiting. Even my last gyno appt I thought I was in for a wait when the waiting room was full, but was taken in w/in 10 min of the appointment. There was the time the hubby had to see a urologist. He was the only man under 90 (OK slight exaggeration there ;)) in the waiting room and we were there for over an hour before he was taken.

We're not quite in a busy metro area though.

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On a second thought.....
by Rolway / July 21, 2006 9:10 AM PDT

After just reading Mac's article on here about the "True Cost of War" I guess we are pretty lucky to have a nice safe waiting room to hang out in.

I do meet a lot of nice people to chew the fat with while there.

But its still not fair to the patients

George

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you think that's bad?
by jonah jones / July 21, 2006 3:32 PM PDT

30+ years ago i went for an X-ray on my back, this was about 5:00 in the evening during the winter....

i picked a quiet chair in a corner to wait my turn and promptly fell asleep....

next thing i know, a woman with a mop was asking me if i had a home to go to....

it was 10:30 and she had to come with me to open the main door so i could get out ....


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