Glad I'm not dying...I think. Just called this morning to schedule a doctor's appointment for some heartburn I've been having. First opening: January 29th. I guess if I reported some serious health problem they could try to squeeze me in sooner, but I was kinda shocked at the length of time. I ditched the HMO last year and went with a PPO plan because I thought I'd get better care. I don't know if many doctors are overextended with the number of patients they take on or what, but I can see now why some people with minor ailments walk into an E.R. for treatment.