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Max reasonable time to wait for an appointment ?

Old 03-25-2019, 01:08 PM
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What is the maximum reasonable amount of time to wait when you have an appointment?

i had an appointment today at 1:45pm. I arrived at 1:35, filled out all the paperwork and paid my co-pay at 1:43pm (cc confirmation).

At what point is the wait unreasonably long? What you do if it goes too long and no resolution?

Today, I got to the 50 minute mark (in the waiting room) and still had one person ahead of me when I said I have to go. They rescheduled me and will carry the copay forward but they fucked me out of an hour plus of my time.

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Old 03-25-2019, 01:13 PM
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I assume you're talking about healthcare.

My standard was 30 minutes until it got to the point that I was leaving without being seen every f'ing time.

That's when I got a new Doc.
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Old 03-25-2019, 01:23 PM
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I tell the office staff up front what my waiting tolerance is for that day. Once it reaches the 30 minute mark I go to the desk and ask if they are willing to reimburse my time over 30 minutes. Of course you know what they say to which I reply, when the doctor learns how to allocate his time give me a call and then I promptly find another provider.
MY time is just as important and costly as his time is, if his office staff can't do better than a 30 minute window then they aren't doing him any favors....
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Old 03-25-2019, 01:27 PM
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This is exactly why I pay extra for concierge medicine. My wait time is minutes, my doctor knows who I am and I can get an appointment whenever I need one. If I'm out of town they have a network of doctors for a referral.
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I don't get it? was your appointment at 1:45 or 12:45? if you got there an hour early tough stuff.... But arrive at scheduled time how long do I wait? 15-30 minutes, because I understand stuff happens. Over 30 mins I get irritated.
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Depends. A top specialist, I don't have a set time. They take months to get in to and it's hard for them to estimate time needed for complicated medical issues. Dentist, eye doc or similar, 30 min.

Unless I am confused here, you showed up over an hour early and were mad you had to wait?
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Once at an orthopedic doctor who normally had me a waiting room with somebody doing vital signs at exactly my appointment time, was hours late. I commented he must be having a bad day.

"Everybody in the world got injured this weekend," was his reply. He was in scrubs and I imagine he was in OR for a lot of the day.

Early morning appointment seems best before the doctors get behind. A new provider is paid for fifteen minutes according, but mine takes to time to explain lab results and answer any questions.
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Thirty minutes (from the time of the booked appointment) is my max wait time. My understanding is that there are two key things that drive long wait times in the healthcare arena (although I don't remember any time in the past 40 years where it has been quick). First, doctors and dentists are getting their revenue reduced by insurance companies (i.e., what insurance is willing to pay versus what the provider charges, aka the difference being the "write-off). This has caused providers to book more patients on a daily basis, leading to... you guessed it, longer wait times for patients. Second, providers set aside a certain amount of time for each appointment based on the issue. It's nothing more than an average, so of course diagnosing and treating some patients can take longer than others. This is sort of built in to the computer software that all providers use. Some of these systems are much better than others. Back before automation, you literally had to call your doctor's office and talk with someone who was slightly more adept at asking questions to get a better feel for how long the doctor needs to see you. Lastly, some doctors simply talk a lot and are not incredibly skilled at managing their schedule. It's not something they learn in medical school. No one likes waiting. The staff, doctors and patients don't like it, but it seems to be somewhat an inevitable issue in the industry.

My wife manages a dental office and has for 30 years. With a few exceptions, it's a bit easier to manage a dental office schedule than a medical doctors schedule. There are generally more unknowns in medical over dental. IMO, If you have to wait 30 minutes or more at a dental office, they don't know how to manage their schedule.
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I used to get pissed at anything over 30 minutes, now I just sit there doing my Sudoku. But, I must say I'm not to pleased after an hour has passed. Now-a-days it's not so much the wait times it's more to do with parking costing...it costs me a fortune.

My attitude changed when I became the patient that required the extended period of time with the specialist. My condition is very rare and there is not a lot of knowledge on what I have going on and that leaves me & Misses asking a ton of questions. What I have learned is "my doctors" give me as much of their time as I need without hesitation. I know I've consumed 45 minutes to 1 hour of a doctor's time in one visit.

And for that I am now far more understanding and tolerant of scheduling issues. But a busy week at doctors and hospitals can easily run me a $150 in parking fees.
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What is the maximum reasonable amount of time to wait when you have an appointment?

i had an appointment today at 1:45pm. I arrived at 12:35, filled out all the paperwork and paid my co-pay at 1:43pm (cc confirmation).

At what point is the wait unreasonably long? What you do if it goes too long and no resolution?

Today, I got to the 50 minute mark (in the waiting room) and still had one person ahead of me when I said I have to go. They rescheduled me and will carry the copay forward but they fucked me out of an hour plus of my time.
50 min after you arrived, or after your scheduled appointment time?
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I show up on time, in your case 145., not 1230
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Typically, I never have to wait more than 5 minutes. A reasonable amount of time to wait to see a Dr. beyond the scheduled appointment time is only 15 minutes. My health care provider sends out questionnaires all the time, asking how my visit with Dr. _____ went. One of the very first questions is whether I had to wait longer than 15 minutes. From that, I take it that that is the standard that they have set for themselves.

Realistically, I am mentally prepared to wait longer for some specialties. At the 30 minute mark, I'll make an inquiry with the office staff. At the one hour mark I am on the verge of walking out.
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I will wait as long as it takes for doctors and dentists, because they can have all kinds of complications.

Other professionals and trades people would be 30 minutes.
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Corrected time in original post
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I kicked my DR. to the curb years ago and started seeing a Nurse Practitioner. There is never a wait and as
a bonus she has skinny fingers.
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My orthopedic is a bastard for keeping time. Eye doc kept me waiting for a hour one time I questioned him about it and he told me he was at the hospital removing someone's injured eye. I felt like a prick and have used a little more tact when asking why I was kept waiting. My general doctor gives me the first appointment of the day and is still ten minutes behind.
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My doctor is a busy man but, in my opinion, he is well worth the wait.
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I always try to get one of the first appointments of the day. Less chance of them running behind.
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For professional meetings and appointments, my time is 15 minutes.

For scheduled medical stuff, I give them thirty minutes.

Obviously an emergency where I truly need them I'll wait longer if needed.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
This is exactly why I pay extra for concierge medicine. My wait time is minutes, my doctor knows who I am and I can get an appointment whenever I need one. If I'm out of town they have a network of doctors for a referral.
I halfway look forward to a time when I need a doctor consistently and can rationalize paying up for concierge medicine.
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