(Closed) Doctor's office giving out my phone number?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

rusticchic212:  There’s only one real way to find out. Call her back. I’m dying to know….perhaps there is a legit reason? 

Post # 3
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It could also be that she works in the office and is doing a follow up call. I’ve seen lots of wives and family members working in a family members medical office so I would just give the office a call and find out what it’s about. 

Post # 4
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

The least time consuming and dramatic way would be to just call her back…maybe its a mix up.

Maybe its his wife and another patient wanted the perspective of someone who had had augmentation surgery and the front-desk mixed up which patient it is. Thats my first thought.

Either way I can’t think of any nefarious reason his mother/wife would be calling you. Just call back and find out – you’re causing yourself a lot of unnecessary stress and drama.

Post # 7
6368 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

rusticchic212:  Isn’t it illegal for a doctor’s office to give out your information?! 

It is, but you don’t know if that’s what happened.  HIPAA regulations are very strict and any respectable practice knows better than to play with that.  Just call the office and ask the purpose of the calls.

Post # 8
2013 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve had my breasts done and I find it really weird that this is happening to you. Although I think this says a lot about your surgeon. I had consultations with a few different people before deciding on my surgeon and I ended up going with the one that was less pushy but still very helpful if I had any questions. Why? Because although it’s a business, he’s good at what he does and has enough clients so doesn’t really “need” my money so he nor anyone in his office was pushy – they didn’t need to be as they’ll still be fine without me as a client. I find the ones that are really pushy are the ones itching for clients which could only mean one of three things: 1. They are just starting out and don’t have all that much experience and need all the clients they can get, 2. They are not very good at their job and so don’t have anyone referring other people so need to actively secure clients themselves or 3. They are all about the money and don’t give a sh*t about their clients. I don’t think I’d want to go with anyone who falls into any one of those categories.

Please let us know if you do call back though because I’m really curious as to know what it’s about. It would be kind of creepy if she’s from your area and offers to catchup over coffee or something to try to coerce you to go ahead with the surgery.

Post # 9
2013 posts
Buzzing bee

rusticchic212:  Btw, she may actually work for her daughter (if in fact she is her mother) so technically they’re not breaching any privacy laws because she’s a part of the business anyway. Surgeons often have non-medical staff as a buffer (like a customer relations rep). If she doesn’t work for her then yeah, I’d make it a problem for them because it would be not only immoral but ILLEGAL.

Post # 10
7417 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

You could just google the number she called from Or asked you to call back on.  If it comes back linked to the surgeon’s office then chances are, it’s official business (even if it’s pushy salesmanship). They might have a phone bank of multiple numbers.

Post # 11
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015 - Miami, Fl

She might be a back office worker in customer service department. I work at a doctors office and we have 9 lines that we dial out from! Also the doctor’s brother, uncle etc work in our office too. It is against HIPAA to give your phone number out.

Post # 12
5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I agree that it may be an office line but at some back desk that won’t be the same number as the receptionist you normally call. I seriously doubt any doc is going to risk serious lawsuit or issues with the board of medicine for a sales pitch call so the assumption would be that this person works at the office. 

Post # 13
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

i vote to just call back, its no big deal. find out what she wants.

Post # 14
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

She probably just works for her daughter’s practice. Just call them back or email them. 

Post # 15
2680 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

rusticchic212:  I’m sure she works there. Particularly since she has the same last name as the doctor. If you’ve had 2 consultations it seems reasonable to call to follow up. As far as not calling from the main office number- most physician’s offices have several lines, also a lot of people occasionally work remotely. 

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