Last week I had an appointment with a doctor I see occasionally when a mild problem acts up. On my previous appointment with him, I waited 2 hours, and his staff never said what was causing the delay. So this time, I oh-so-cleverly scheduled my appointment at 8:20 am, thinking quick in and out first thing in the morning, before his schedule gets backed up. Good try, but he didn’t appear until an hour and 10 minutes later.
There are other issues about his medical practice as well. His staff is loud. Several curse in the hallway between examining rooms. They complain about being at work, and complain about all their other personal problems. Yikes!!
While I was waiting, I questioned if I should follow up again with this physician or not. On the positive side, when he finally saw me, he was thorough, pleasant and took the time to help me clearly understand what my medical problem was and the plan of treatment he recommended.
I’m undecided. How do you decide to stay or go, if you experience way-less-than-than-ideal medical treatment?
Grand Rounds, a medical-blog carnival, is posted this week at Nurse Ratched’s Place.