how long will you stay in a waiting room to see a DR?

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    how long will you stay in a waiting room to see a DR?

    Today I spent 90 minutes to see Dr. Ellias at Boston Medical Center.  Never did see him.  I had to leave.  Grant it his time is valuable but ya know so is mine and so is yours!  Not even a "The Dr. is really running behind, would you like to reschedule?"  When I told the receptionist that I couldn't stay any longer it was more like, "Here is your hat what is your hurry?"  I wasn't alone in waiting long in that room for a doctor, at least I wasn't in pain like someone else was!  How long would anybody else wait?
     
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    Re: how long will you stay in a waiting room to see a DR?

    That's how things are now.  Some people are paying their doctors for concierge service, on top of their insurance and co-pays to get better treatment,  but when they are referred to a specialist it wouldn't apply anyway. 
     
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    Re: how long will you stay in a waiting room to see a DR?

    It would depend on the severity of my problem and what else I had to do that day.  90 minutes is terrible, but I might wait if I could and it was important.  However, I think for a regular appointment that I could skip and not suffer for having missed, I'd wait about 45 minutes.  I'd assume that not only would I save myself however much longer, but I'd alleviate a situation from their perspective, too...at least one would hope they'd see it that way.
     
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    Re: how long will you stay in a waiting room to see a DR?

    I'd say the longest I've waited is an hour, longer than that and I usually get up and reschedule. There's always the exception to the rule tho, when I was seeing a retina specialist one day I waited 2 hours.  I knew all too well how much specialized time he gave each individual patient, having been on the receiving end of that attention.  So it all depends on the reason for your visit and your rapport with that particular physician.
     
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    Re: how long will you stay in a waiting room to see a DR?

    A suggestion, always call ahead and ask if the physician (or other service provider) is on time.  If you have a later appt or a specific window of time inform the office asst or manager of your requirements.  I've found this extremely helpful.  Sometimes you get an automatic "on time" response; but after one or two visits it's possible to convince the staff that you are serious in your request and can't be be delayed for an extended period. 

    More directly to your question, I wouldn't wait 90 minutes.  I might wait up to 45 minutes if I had an urgent need to see the physician.  

    I would also suggest mentioning the long wait to your physician.  If this is usual it must be tiring and frustrating for patients.  It certainly can't be improving the physician patient relationship or quality of office care if the patient is upset over the wait. 

    Was this unusual for this physician?
     
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    Re: how long will you stay in a waiting room to see a DR?

    They don't care!  I was once stuck in traffic [over 10 years ago, so it's even worse now]   I called my dentist to say I would be 10 minutes late,  they said either get here on time or he won't see you and we will have to reschedule.  They never come to the phone anyway, so when you finally get your 10 minutes with him,  do you really want to waste it by complaining about waiting!   Clear your schedule for the day when you have an appointment, or use sick time if you have to.
     
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    Re: how long will you stay in a waiting room to see a DR?

    Doctors are people, too, and patients can sometimes overstay their alloted slots. If you were having some major issue, would you like an egg timer to go off and have the doc get up and leave you sitting there, mid-sentence? Probably not. I try to be flexible, because I'd like that flexibility if I had a major problem going on.

    If the office is rude or difficult to deal with on the phone, there's an easy solution. Find another office. Same thing if the doctor routinely overbooks and you don't think it's worth the wait.

    I'll usually wait 30 minutes before asking to see what was going on. I always pack a book, too.
     
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    Re: how long will you stay in a waiting room to see a DR?

    I have found anytime I am kept waiting the doctor is the first one to apologize when he walks into the examining room.  This has been the case with ophthalmologist (who is the biggest offender), surgeon, and dermatologist (who thanks me for waiting).  I do understand that emergencies come up, and what might be booked as a simple 15 minute appointment may develop into the need for a more thorough exam.  As I said before, I think it all depends on your doctor and your rapport with him.
     
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