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What is your typical wait for your doctor in the doctor's office after you have reached the appointed time?

Asked by Dan_Lyons (5321 points ) May 20th, 2014

I like to get to my doctor’s appointment before the appointed time. I don’t think I have ever gotten in to see her on time. Although she is smart enough to send a nurse out to take me to an examination room to take my vitals and then let me wait for her.

This is preferable to simply being kept waiting in the main waiting area.

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Khajuria9's avatar

I dislike having to wait for a doc. If it takes more than 20 minutes, I pack my bag and go back.

hominid's avatar

In the past 18 months, I have been to many doctor appointments. On average, I actually see the doctor around 30–45 minutes after the scheduled time. The only exception is my ENT. I have seen her 7 times, and she was 1.25 hours late each visit.

ucme's avatar

There’s a sign on the wall that tells you to go to the desk if you’ve been waiting for 15mins or longer.

Dutchess_III's avatar

With my old doctor there was no wait.

With my new doctor, if you don’t get the first appointment after lunch, no telling how long your wait could be. This is because he spends as much time as necessary with each patient. He isn’t bound by the clock.
This makes the wait a little easier, because you know he won’t rush in, glance at you, then rush out because he’s behind schedule. He’ll spend as much time with you as he did with the last person.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Depends on the doctor. Most of the time I’m called back within 10–15 minutes of my appointment and I actually see the doctor 5–15 minutes after that. With my gynecologist, I’m usually leaving around the time of my scheduled appointment. He’s very quick and efficient, but will sit and talk with you if you want (I don’t). My husband’s opthalmologist takes FOREVER. Last time we went, we had a 3:30 appointment and left the office at 6:30 – and they didn’t do a single test on his eyes this time.

DigitalBlue's avatar

25–30 minutes on a good day, 45 minutes otherwise. Though, I have at least one doctor that is pushing an hour wait most visits.

GloPro's avatar

I show up when told and don’t look at the clock again. I’ve never felt left out to dry.

Pachy's avatar

I like to arrive early so I sometimes have to wait up to 30 mins. But that’s not my doctor’s fault. He is almost always on time or a little early.

JLeslie's avatar

Your appointment time is not the time you are scheduled with the doctor in most offices.

It varies which doctor I am seeing. For lab work and diagnostics I am usually taken within ten minutes of my appointment. At my Endocrinologist and GYN office in TN I was taken by the nurse for blood pressure, and other preliminary stuff within 15 minutes of the appointment time usually, and saw the doctor 5–20 minutes after that. My GYN in FL I often wait 1–2 hours to see the doctor.

Seaofclouds's avatar

All the doctor’s I am currently seeing do a really good job with their time. I think the longest I’ve had to wait in the past year has been 10–15 minutes, which is no big deal to me.

downtide's avatar

I always try to make my appointments as early in the day as possible; before 9am when I can. That way, they haven’t had time to develop a backlog and I rarely have to wait beyond my appointment time. If I’m first on the list I’m often seen before my appointment time.

The longest I’ve waited was an appointment with my trans surgeon, but she was caught up with a prior surgery that was delayed. I waited almost 2 hours for that one. Fortunately I had my kindle with me.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Usually somewhere around 15 minutes.

johnpowell's avatar

It is long enough that I load up a movie on my iPhone before I go. I have finished movies waiting. And that isn’t in the lobby. This is in the room with the bed that has paper on it.

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