Post # 1
How far ahead do you typically have to book a doctor’s appointment at your local medical centre?
I’m looking for a new doctor because it takes me 2 weeks to book with mine, she is fantastic but that is just ridiculous -but other doctors I have been to seriously don’t know what they are talking about SIGH
Post # 3
Mine has walk in days and appointment days. Appointments are for physicals and things like that, and it’s 2+ weeks to get in. For walk ins, we call before we go in and wait anywhere from a half hour to 1.5 hours, depending on the time of day and how busy they are. I always go first thing in the morning before the clinic opens to cut down the waiting time.
That being said, we are in Canada with entirely public health care, so it may be different here.
Post # 4
It depends. All the doctors I’ve ever gone to will try to get me in ASAP if I have something serious (but non emergency, obviously) going on. Usually, that will be the same day or next day. I can’t think of a time it’s been more than that. If I am making a general appointment, like my well woman visit, I will schedule well in advance to get the day/time I want.
Post # 5
I can get in the same day. If I need to see a specialist I can get in within a few days.
Post # 6
WAY longer than the poll allows. A month and a half in advance, I would say.
Post # 7
If I’m not fussed about which doctor I see, I can get in same day (like if I just need a certificate to get off work, or a prescription or something). But if I actually want to see MY doctor because I’ve got ongoing health issues, yeah I’d say 1-2 weeks in advance I would have to book it.
What city are you in? If it’s Melb send me a private message and I’ll give you some recommendations – I have seen a lot of doctors down there!
Post # 8
Depends on what it’s for….for an emergency I’m sure I could get a same day. For just a routine exam, I wouldn’t expect to be able to get in right away–how would they be staying in business if they didn’t have a full schedule tomorrow?
Post # 9
@miss.alice.m: What she said. There is a severe shortage here which is why there are a lot of foreign doctors that don’t stick around. If you want a relationship with your doctor (which in my opinion is a good thing to have because they know you and your history) then 1-2 weeks is nothing for a non-emergency appointment. My doctor has a 6 month wait for appointments (she does a 2 hr first in frst served line up in the mornings from 8am for 5 min appoints for emergency issues such as certificates etc) but it is worth it because she knows me and my history and I am comfortable with her. My doctor also does not accept new patients for the last 5 years!
If you just don’t care who you see then most bulk billing clinics will do the trick fo you- you should at most get in within a day. I would probably sign up at one or two of them just so you can get in when you need.
Another doctor in my area charges $15 above the bulk billing fee and this keeps the patient levels lower and I guess he only gets real patients (not those chucking a sickie!) and you can always get in- I usualy go to him if I am pretty sick and can’t amke the 8am line up at my doctor!
Post # 10
Not once have I ever had to wait longer than a day. The flu was going around and I had to come in at 9 am the next morning but besides that it’s usually within a few hours of making an appointment.
Post # 11
depends what for….
if it is a specialist. forget it, we are talking months. if it is my PCP and I am sick, a few days. If it is just a checkup or something that can wait, about 2-3 weeks.
Post # 12
For physicals and other non emergency visits, it takes 1-2 weeks. But if I’m sick and need to get in that day, I am able too. Most doctors I’ve ever known have worked that way.
Post # 13
Oh, wow. For me, it’s 3 months to book an appointment. Small town. Same with hair appointments. I usually go to emergency if I have a big problem, or book in advance when I know I’m going to be visiting my family back home. Walks-ins take hours and the waiting rooms are always completely flooded so I avoid those.
Post # 14
It depends. For routine visits sometimes a couple weeks to a month in order to get an appt that fits my schedule best but if I had something more pressing I could probably get within a week and his office also has a walk-in available that the 8 doctors in the practice take turns working at and is also only for activepatients with our files on hand that I can usually get in within 45 minutes of arrival if I’m actually sick but not emergency room sick.
Post # 15
My regular dr books over a week in advance, so I’ve just started going to a local walk-in clinic (same day, any day)!