• Has anyone else been treated differently by your doctor?

    Asked by Jess on Friday, November 9, 2012

    Has anyone else been treated differently by your doctor?

    I am wondering if anyone else has experienced what I had happen to me this week? I went to see the neurologist for pain. On arriving at the office I was told it would be just a few minutes and they would take me back to see the doctor, I waited 2 1\2 hours before I told them I was in pain and was going to leave. That is when they took me back to the room where I sat for another 1/2 hour before the doctor came in to the room. he saw me for about 5 minutes and he handed me an Rx for some pain meds and told to come back in 6 weeks. I didnt make another appointment, I will seek another doctor.

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      There could be a lot of reasons for the excessive wait. I personally would not have waited for 2 1/2 hours before spealing up and asking about the wait. The 1/2 hour after being taken back is in fact not too unusual as the Dr was probably with another patient and then had to review you chart (folder, case what ever you want to call your record) befor he came in. The 5 minutes of time is also becomming more the norm as to cut costs Drs are being pushed to see more patients. That being said you should always object if you need more time with a Dr to get answers to questions and understand what is going on. My Oncologist often requests that I take the last appointment of the day because he knows I will have lots of questions and I will make sure that he gives me all of the details about what is going on and the treatment options, so I am usually an appointment that exceeds the alloted time. There is no reason to be embarrassed about taking more then the alloted time if you need it to figure out what is going on. It is your right as a patient to get all of your questions answered in a manner that you can understand. It is your right to understand all of the treatment options and thier side effects a nd effectivity. If the Dr refuses to spend the time necessary for you to get this then it is time for a new Dr. Don't forget to get your medical recored formt he old Dr and have take them to the new Dr. perferab;ly a few days before your first apointment.

      almost 5 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      My oncologist is in the same suite as my chemo. My first chemo session, I had a reaction to Taxol. The nurses ran to get him. He stayed w/me until the symptoms went away reassuring me the entire time. Whenever he is running late, I think back to that and wonder if he had to hold someone's hand as their symptoms are fading.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Did you have an appointment? And, has this happened before?

      If you've seen this doctor before without such excessive wait times then it may hav been an office glitch. Someone simply forgot you were waiting. Medical staff are human.

      If you didn't have an appointment then you can expect a longer wait until the doctor can squeeze you in.

      That said, 2 1/2 hours waiting to see a doc is excessive no matter what. I would have been talking to someone long before that. Things happen. Things like emergencies. But, I don't want to be the forgotten patient.

      almost 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I agree there could be many reasons why your wait took so long. I have waited to see doctors, have scans, infusions etc I have even been the "problem" patient on 2 occasions :) The main issue is not the wait, it is the fact that the office did not keep you in the loop about waht was happening. Which IMHO is very unprofessional. I have switch doctors because of this issue.

      almost 5 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I wouldn't have waited this long without saying something. Regardless of what this Dr had going on there is no reason to make a patient wait this long. These Dr's forget that they work for us, not the other way around. Jess, you're very patient. I would have been raising all types of XXX!!

      almost 5 years ago
    • GGP's Avatar

      I have done my share of waiting, too much I guess. One time last year we went in around 2, sat in the "big" waiting room for couple hrs. then they call my name, all excited we go on back towards the exam rooms, to be shown the "smaller" waiting room. where we sit for another, hr. then get called into the exam room. To wait another 30. It was dark and the office staff had closed up their desks and were gone when we came out. I don't mind too much the waiting, I drive 2 hrs. to get to my dr.s anyway. But when I get the first hint of they are in a hurry, thats when I get a little difficult to deal with. Since I have been in business for years I have mentioned to them before that my time is valuable too, so who should I send the bill to for the 2 hours I waited when I had an apt. for a certain time. ... They never see the humor in that.

      almost 5 years ago
    • BobbyG's Avatar

      right on! be your own advocate. I hate being ignored or neglected no matter what the reason they come up with. DR. probable took lunch while you where waiting.

      over 4 years ago

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