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   Posted 8/24/2007 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
We all spend a lot of time in doctors' offices.  (Three visits this week for me.  Woo hoo!)  I've waited anywhere from about 10 minutes to over an hour and a half at various appointments.  Do your doctors make you wait?  Those that do, have you considered switching doctors, or are they worth waiting for?

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   Posted 8/24/2007 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
a great remedy to that is be the first person of the day...book EARLY appts....I had OB/gyn that used to make me wait constantly...doing this helped

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   Posted 8/24/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I have waited up to 1 1/2 hours before for my GI. He always runs late but that is because he spends quality time with each of his patients. Even though I have to wait everytime, he's worth it. I always try to schedule the first appt after lunch, usually I don't have to wait as long.
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   Posted 8/24/2007 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I have waited as much as three hours before.I do agree making your appointments in the am seems to get you out faster than afternone appointments.

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   Posted 8/24/2007 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi No I never had to wait that long for my GI he is busy but I have never had to wait too long .lol gail

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   Posted 8/24/2007 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I've recently gone through several PCPs and noticed a pattern. The ones who have no or little wait spend little time with you and their nurses take all the info and seem to handle everything. I found a new doctor and had to wait 20 mins past by appt time get a room and then longer inside, but SHE took my history and talked with me for an hour. I've never had such a good rapport with a doctor (other than my GI). I think it is worth the wait.

My GIs waits aren't so bad, but he tends to give me priority and get me in when there usually aren't supposed to be appointments. He also spends a lot of time with me. The only thing I wait for there is paperwork.
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   Posted 8/25/2007 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Well my pcp is really quick, usually only 15-20 mins wait total. My GI on the other hand is extremely busy so its I usually end up waiting 2 hrs to eventually see him.
Thanks!!!! (Hugs)

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