Two Months for a Doctor's Appointment? Is this normal?

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  1. Michael*K

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    Glad I'm not dying...I think. [​IMG] 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.
     
  2. Andrej Dolenc

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    I got something similar when I called for an appointment at my dentist. We have a cancellation for wednesday at 8:30, otherwise it's february. Hmm, lemme think about this one...

    Andrej
     
  3. Samuel Des

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    I had to wait 3.5 months for my appointment. But this was a Hi, I'm your new HMO patient thing.
     
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    Not in Canada! [​IMG]
     
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    I think it is getting to be pretty normal for PPO's, especially if the doctor is a known good doctor. I had to wait almost a month to schedule an appointment with an ENT and the same thing when I went to a surgeon. I could have gotten quicker appointments somewhere, but I prefer to go with the higher rated doctors.
     
  6. Ryan Wright

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    Yeah, it's a joke. We switched doctors and had to search all around, because nobody was taking new patients. What the hell are you supposed to do with every doctor in town says, "Sorry, we're not accepting new patients." ?? Just live without health care?! I managed to talk a good office that wasn't taking new patients into taking my family anyway.

    Dentists are a horror story. It's 3 to 4 months to get an appointment around here, and that's with the dentist we've been using since I was a child. Other offices are booked just as solid and also aren't taking new patients.
     
  7. Bill Catherall

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    What about when the office only makes appointments on the first day of the month, for 2 months away?! I had to call and get an appointment with a dermatoligist and the one I was referred to (by my PCP) said they only open the books on the first day of the month. So when I call back on the first of the month they said they already filled up all the slots and to call back next month. Call again the following month...full again. It seems they fill up within the first couple hours of the day. If you don't call in then, too bad. Ended up getting a referral to see a different doctor.
     
  8. Darren Lewis

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    And I thought that the UK NHS waiting list was bad
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Gregg Loewen

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    Paul, actually it is much worse in Canada. My father, who is 70 years old, needs to have low back surgery to correct a herniation whiching is causing leg numbness / pain / loss of activities of daily functions. He is on a 24 month waiting list. If he were at my hospital in Maine the surgery would already have been done and he would be on the road to recovery.

    Just my 2 cents,

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  10. Ari

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    I had the same problem when I first went to my orthopedic surgeon for some knee problems. He's the best in the area but I totally didn't expect the wait (six weeks IIRC). However, after my surgery I can usually get an appointment within the week (even if unrelated to the surgery). I guess part of the reason is the volume of patients he gets. Also, he prioritizes follow-ups versus new patients. Don't know if this might be the case with your docs.
     
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    Greg.. oh my god, that's horrible. I can't believe they make him wait that long! What did they try and justify it with? I know no friends or families that were ever delayed surgery by more than a month. Maybe I'm just lucky... and they say Canada's health care policies are much better than the states. yeah right. sorry to hear Gregg, best of luck to him!
     
  12. Bhagi Katbamna

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    The problem is that you are restricted by your insurance company as to which doctor you can go to. By the way, is your doctor a specialist or an internist(or family practitioner) as that may make a difference too.
     
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    Dentists are bad here also. I have to make my next appointment (6 months away) as I'm paying for my current one or else I won't be able to get in. I never go to the doctor so I don't know how that is here.
     
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    Our family doctor stopped taking HMOs a few years back. He complained that he basically never got paid what he was owed from them and had too many patients to adequately deal with. He just gave up on HMOs.
    He now only takes people who have PPOs or who pay for everything on their own. He said he is actually making more and is more successfull business wise (he can pay his operating costs now), and we can always call and get an appointment to see him if not the next day, the same week. Sometimes...he will even squeeze you in later that same day. Add to that the fact that he is a great internal medicine specialist which makes for a good family doctor.....and I would have to say I am glad he is my doctor. [​IMG]
     
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    A naive question from a Brit - do you guys have to *pay* for this level of service? The Brit system is that generally you can see a doctor for a serious case on the same day, but if it's minor, you generally have to wait a few days. It's difficult to join a dental list in most parts of the country (unless you go privately) but once you're on the list, it's generally the same as for doctors. Dental care isn't totally free - unless you are on low income you have to pay something towards the costs (e.g. a capping might cost about 80 pounds) and at the doctor's, you have to pay a fixed price for each dose of drugs prescribed (about 6 pounds if I recall correctly).
     
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    OMG, i cant believe so many of you have to wait so long!!!
    I have never had to wait longer than a week to see a doctor and most of time they schedule me for the next day!
    My dentist usually has an opening on the same day or schedules me in a week.
    I for one wouldnt stand for it. Shit, heartburn could be gone in 2 months!!
    Some of the other stuff is pretty serious. I wouldnt stand for it and find some other way of getting medical attention.
     
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