Thursday, February 14, 2008

Rant for the Day

I am usually a pretty positive person. I'm always looking on the bright side of things and try to see other's situations through their eyes. BUT, The Dr's Office usually brings a different side out. WHY? I purposely make my appointments as early in the morning as I can. Why? For the hopeful chance that they might actually be running on schedule, and that you might get out of the office at a descent time compared to when you went in. Why do I always think that there is hope for this? I don't know!? Because everytime my hope is crushed! Let's take today for example! I had an 8:45 a.m. appointment today for Zach. I walked in the door exactly on time. I got called to our room at 9:00. Check in with the nurse blah, blah, blah. At 9:30 the dr. finally comes in. Why is it so hard? I'm always on time...Sometimes I think it's a secret experiment to see how long it takes a mom lose sanity trying to entertain a 3 year old and 1 year old in a 7x7 box while waiting for a dr. IS anyone annoyed by this? I don't know maybe it's just me...Okay, I'm going back to being positive now...

6 comments:

Tonia said...

I agree! If you are going to charge me for missing an appointment or ask for 24 hrs notice if I'm not going to be able to make it, then why not be on time yourself!! Hello!!
I took Wesley in for an appointment 9:00 in the morning one day and didn't leave the office until after 3pm. Granted he was diagnosed with pnuemonia that day, but come on! Maybe if it hadn't taken an hour and a half to see the Dr. in the first place...
Oh, you know what I'm talkin about.

OK....Positive thoughts, think positive thoughts

Sweet Papery said...

I know exactly what you are talking about. But now, I have a great dr. that comes in pretty quickly. I have never had to wait more than 10 minutes.

MY rant is the cost for things. I have crappy insurance and I was having trouble getting them to pay for Matt's well child visits. As I was going through all the procedural codes there was a weird charge of $109. I asked what that was and they said there was a surgerical procedure done. WHAT?! I don't remember this. Come to find out it was the dr. pushing the foreskin back. It took all of 1 second.

PLEASE at least inform me that while you are looking at my son's penis and have to push the skin back that you are going to charge me $360,000/hour. Let me decide if it is something I can do for myself for free.

SORRY for complaining.

Amber said...

I can't believe they called that a surgical procedure! That's crazy! I know what you mean about the cost too! Our insurance cost went up this year but our coverage went down to 80% rather than 90%! AND I read an article in today's paper that the hospital 1 mile from my house will not be accepting our insurance after February 2009. Great, so now if I have an emergency I will have to drive 20 miles to the next hospital! Why is healthcare so messed up! On the Bright Side, I'm glad I have insurance! Okay, Now I'm done...

Clinesville said...

I have a great Dr. (thanks Farrah) and I don't have to pay for Insurance...am I ticking everyone off with this? It makes me happy!

Amber said...

You are so lucky Coren!

Catherine said...

You know what? From my experience working in a Dr's office, if you had one of the earliest appointments of the day and still weren't seen until that late, most likely, the Dr didn't show up at the office until then. Alot of Dr's see patients at the hospital BEFORE coming into the office. So any number of things can go wrong at the hospital -- delaying them starting the day at the office. Very annoying, for us as patients, AND us who work for the Dr.

OK. Do you want to hear MY beef with the pediatrician's office?

Allison has had this mystery illness since Friday . . . high fever, runny/stuffy nose. That's about it. And today she still has this high fever and couldn't sleep for the 3 night in a row. So, today I call my pediatrician's office (my Dr's office IS open today) AS SOON AS THEY OPEN at 9am. The line is busy. I opt to have the phone company "camp" on the line, so that as soon as the Dr's phone available, it rings my house and dials their number. Ok. Are you ready for this . . . ? The phone NEVER rang! It must have timed out or something!!! I thought that something was wrong, so I dialed the number periodically, but, yep -- still busy. Finally, I call again at 1:30PM. I get through and talk to the nurse. "Yes," she says, "Allison needs to be seen." BUT, they have NO APPOINTMENTS LEFT TODAY!!! I was like, "What? I've been trying to call since you opened!" The nurse said that they have FIVE phone lines, and ALL have been busy since 11:30, and all appointments for today are full -- I will have to try to call tomorrow. So, I asked her, what if I try this again tomorrow and the same thing happens?! She said, just try to call first thing at 9am.

DUDE -- That's crazy talk. IF I don't get an appointment tomorrow, I think I'm going down there and just hanging out until they get me in. THAT'S REDICULOUS.

Sorry for the rant. I feel slightly better, though. :)