Why does it take months to see a doctor?
October 18, 2007 1:26 PM Subscribe
Is there some kind of crisis with doctors going on?
posted by IndigoRain to Health & Fitness (38 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It takes me 5 months to get in to see my gynecologist. I don't mind so much because she's the best in the area, and it's easy enough to schedule an annual ahead of time, and there's always her nurse-practitioner if I get an infection.
Recently though, things with other doctors have been getting ridiculous. In August, I tried to schedule an appt for September with my cardiologist. They couldn't see me until November, and now just called to say the doctor will be out that day and they can't see me until January. I told them to forget it, I'd find another doctor
My mom tried to get in with the dermatologists in the county - there are only 2. One couldn't see her for 4 months; the other saw her in a month but when she got there, the wait was 2 hours. There were signs all over saying "we're sorry you wait, but we're one of only 2 dermatologists in the county."
Are doctors taking on too many patients, period? I don't see how someone who has something more worrisome (like a spot that needs biopsied, for my mom) can wait 4 months... cancer can spread in that time. Are they also taking too many appointments in one day? Say, every 15 minutes, when an appt plus charting takes 30? If so, why do they do it? Is it just the money or is there something more? Again, I'm concerned for having to wait months for an appointment.