(Closed) What do you expect from your doctor?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: How many issues do you expect your doctor to cover at an appointment?
    One- whether it's a same-day or regular appointment : (1 votes)
    2 %
    One if same-day, 2-3 if regular appointment : (12 votes)
    27 %
    Two regardless : (0 votes)
    Three regardless : (0 votes)
    As many as I want- PLEASE VOTE FOR EITHER OPTION 7 or 8 : (13 votes)
    29 %
    Other (please explain) : (1 votes)
    2 %
    one if same day, as many as I want on a scheduled appointment : (9 votes)
    20 %
    as many as I want, even on same-day appointments : (9 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    13101 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think it is hard to expect them to cover as much if you have a same-day appointment.  Basically they are sqeezing you in when in reality they maybe didn’t have true time to see you at all so I honestly don’t think you can expect them to cover more than one thing before they have to get back to the patients who scheduled appointments in advance.

    On the flip side, for advanced appointments, since it’s been a part of their schedule for weeks/months, you have the luxery of getting more of the doctor’s time so that you can discuss multiple things.

    To me – same day appointments = I have this one major thing I have to see you for NOW!  While regular appointments = I had some things (multiple if need be) that I wanted to discuss with you so I planned this in advance.

    Post # 4
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    11327 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I voted other. I think as a general rule 1 for same day appointment (whatever is urgent), and 2-3 sounds about right for a normal scheduled appointment. I do think there is an exception though if you give a heads up when you schedule that you have multiple issues to work through. I have this problem with dermatologists sometimes. I have a lot of unrelated skin issues but I feel like I should generally mention all of them when I’m going in for new stuff so I don’t do one thing that will hurt another. I always feel like they’re rushing me though and not wanting to hear my whole history!

    Post # 6
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    620 posts
    Busy bee

    @guitargirl:

    For same day “urgent” I understad and put one but for regular appointment I put “As many as I want.”

     

    With the scheduled visits, I don’t think people should be limited to 2-3.  It’s not a problem with the patients.  It is a problem with our system trying to calculate greatest profit and efficiency.  The way it is, with some of those short visits, I guess people would have to be limited…but I don’t think that’s the way it should be.

    The ideal situation would have the patient letting you know how many issues need to be addressed (ball park) and you scheduling the appropriate time to address them.

    Other than for new patient visits, or completely healthy people with one problem, the system sucks.

    Post # 7
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    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    For a same day appointment, I’d only want them to address the immediate situation i’m facing (a cold, the flu, sinus infection, etc). I usually see specialists for other issues: GI doctor, obgyn, podiatrists, etc. My general practitioner only sees me for very limited stuff. But by the time i see my obgyn i usually have a list

    Post # 8
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    620 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think it works slightly differently here in Australia – because i can schedule a standard, long or Super long appointment. I only ever schedule long for my annual check up when i have a full physical exam otherwise they are always standard?

    I agree though if they are squeezing you in then you really should only discuss the urgent issue and anything that may be related?

    Post # 9
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    2767 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    well the clinic that I work at prides itself on having doctors that make time for their patients no matter what.  So I expect that they will cover all of my issues.  However I have definitely had appointments where I could tell the doctor was trying to get me out of there.  I don’t like those rushed appointments.  The good doctors don’t make you feel rushed.

    Post # 10
    Member
    620 posts
    Busy bee

    @amariem25:

    It’s not the doctors…it’s the system.  Maybe there is an art to “feel” but time is time and if you are on a limited time, you are on a limited time.  There is a price to pay one way or another…either someone complaining about efficiency and profit, making people feel rushed or falling behind and running late.

    Post # 12
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    3525 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I voted as many as I want, regardless of whether it’s same-day or scheduled. If the issues aren’t related, I won’t bring up the others unless they’re urgent. However, if they are related, I’m definitely bringing them up–same-day appts. cost as much as scheduled, so I’m getting my money’s worth.

    Post # 13
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    11327 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @guitargirl: i agree with you that all that is annoying but i think maybe you need to remember how anxiety-inducing it can be to go see a doctor. it can be really embarrassing to have to try to explain your problem to a dis-interested scheduler, and also to a doctor. Plus a lot of times you have concerns that you don’t know if they are really valid or if they’re silly, and you don’t want to make a big deal out of it. I know that the best way to get the best care would be absolute candor at all times… but physical health can be very emotional when you’re nervous and trying not to freak out. 

    Post # 15
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    620 posts
    Busy bee

    @guitargirl:

    lol  Oh…I understand the system.

    I was talking about the “ideal” situation. (Imaginary Dream)

    Those that are complaining that they felt rushed are the same ones who would be complaining if you ran late because you didn’t make patients in front of them feel rushed.  lol

    You have a right to be frustrated by the system…

    I still think for a scheduled visit it should be “as many” but they need to be as up front as possible.  If you are dealing with someone that doesn’t work, the solution is simple…multiple shorter visits with f/u and addressing different issues with the follow up of the previous issues.  I knew a family doc who had this system down.  Nobody is behind, patients aren’t rushed and billing works.  What if the patient works? You can’t be scheduling a billion follow ups.  They probably had to take off work just to come to that visit.

    Post # 16
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    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    It would be great if there was unlimited time, but realistically there isn’t.  If everyone had hour-plus appointments for all routine visits, it may take a month to actually get an appointment!  I think that only discussing the key issue on a same-day appointment and discussing the most pressing 2-3 issues for all visits is appropriate.  If you have more than 3 major issues that need to be dealt with, prioritizing the issues and making a follow up appointment where you will discuss not-as-urgent-issues makes sense to me.

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