Have you ever felt like you had a relaxed visit to the doctor’s office? Probably not. It always seems like it flies by at lightning speed. The doctor rushes into the room, listens to half of what you have to say, makes a few marks on the paperwork and rushes off to the next appointment. You’re in the building for an hour, but you see your doctor for about five minutes.
Is this concerning? Are you worried that your doctor did not take the time to understand your condition and may have made a serious mistake as a result? Will they misdiagnose you because they only spent a few minutes with you and never really learned what symptoms you have?
And, if those are fair questions to ask, why is the doctor in a hurry? Why not slow down, put the patient’s health first, and make an accurate assessment?
The issue, some claim, is just money. That doctor is not paid by the hour or even by the minute. How long they spend with you makes no difference at all. What they get paid by, when using insurance and other methods, is the number of patients that they see. So, if the doctor can rush all day and see twice as many people, rather than devoting longer meetings to a smaller number, they can bring in substantially more money. When money takes precedence over the level of care that you get, that’s when you have a problem.
After a doctor makes a mistake, be sure you look into the legal options at your disposal.