Do you play the waiting game at your doctor's office? if so, it can be quite frustrating.
Breast cancer survivor Doris Webb spent an hour in the waiting room for a doctor's appointment she made a year in advance.
"They finally put me in a room and I told her when she put me in there I said 'I'll wait ten more minutes because I've been here an hour," Doris Webb said. "And in ten minutes I still hadn't seen the oncologist so I went out front and asked for my co-pay back and told them I had waited long enough."
A nationwide Angie's List poll found Webb was not alone in her experience. 65 percent of the respondents said they waited an hour or more to see a health care professional.
But what was more alarming in the poll was that 37 percent of them, when they got into see the doctor, felt rushed and didn't ask the questions they probably should have, which Angie says means they are probably not getting the care that they really need.
And those times could get worse. Many health care experts and providers tell Angie's List they expect wait times to increase. The problem? Not enough doctors to meet the demands of more patients. "There was no apology, but one of their employees had told me that they were triple-booked that day," Webb said.
But there are steps you can take to help you and your family stay healthy and on schedule. Check in with your doctor's office before you leave home, to see if they are running behind. Also, ask if there is any paperwork you can fill out ahead of time, so you don't have to waste time doing in the waiting room.
Also see if you can get into the doctor first thing in the morning. Right at the beginning of the day, they can't be behind. Additionally, right after lunch is a good spot because they have taken a break and likely have caught up. Also, if you are finding it hard to get in to see your doctor they might have a nurse practitioner that can help with every day routine issues."
Angie's List recommends consumers treat health care just like any other hiring decision. If you're still having problems after talking to your doctor, simply find a new one.
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