How many times have you taken a family member to a doctor appointment where there were signs in the office stating “patients who arrive 10 or more minutes late will need to reschedule their appointment”? And how many times was your physician more than 10 minutes late? One of my pet peeves about physician offices is the lack of respect for the time of others. I have often walked out of an appointment because a physician was late. What I’ve learned is that even if one has to wait it’s best to attempt to get the first appointment in the morning or the last appointment of the day. I have even called a physician’s office from the waiting room to ask about a delay in seeing a physician and received a better response sometimes that from the person sitting at the front desk. Sometimes one must be the squeaky wheel to get attention.

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