Historically we have practiced medicine by geography--where a disease occurs in the body. That doesn't make scientific sense anymore. Now we have the potential to treat illness by understanding the underlying mechanisms and metabolic
in Family Medicine reported the disturbing data that, on average, a patient was able to speak uninterrupted for only 12 seconds! On the other hand, Dr. Sanders noted that the average patient will get their story out in two minutes. Doctors do not listen and it interferes with the quality of care and the ability to make a diagnosis. Most of the time, if we take the time to listen, you are telling us what we need to do to help you. Even worse, after the visit was over, patients and doctors couldn't agree on the purpose of the visit. No one was listening!
You can't manage your doctor's practice, but here are some things you can do
to manage your time.
• Find out when the doctor starts and get the first appointment of the
morning or afternoon
• Call 30 minutes before your appointment and find out
if the doctor is running on time. If not ask if it is OK if you come later?
• Always bring work or a book, as the magazines in the office are outdated and at least you will be productive
• If your doctor is chronically late, find another doctor.
Not that we are starving, but the average medical student comes out of medical school with over $100,000 in school loans and if they go into primary care they will be paying those loans back for decades. We are getting a reset in fees. Highly paid specialists are coming down, but primary care doctors are not going up. Unfortunately there will always be a discrepancy, for the politics of reimbursement has always been to favor procedures and hospitalizations as opposed to office visits. I can only ask you to think twice before you assume that your weary eyed pediatrician seeing their 40th sick child of the day is the one being over paid.