Recently a man sued his doctor for making him wait for over 3 hours, and won! (article to follow).
I'm curious to hear how you feel about this. In some states, you can bill a doctor for your time if you have to wait for over an hour for a scheduled appointment.
A friend of mine was kept waiting for 2 hours at her dentist's office last week. The dentist had half completed a root canal and then left my friend, saying she would be right back. After 2 hours, my friend got up out of the chair, told the receptionist she was leaving and scheduled an appointment with another dentist who finished the job the next day.
I can't say that I blame my friend for leaving.
I could see waiting a long time if you go to the emergency room at a hospital for a non-life threatening injury or illness, but if you have an appointment with a doctor at 3 pm, you should be seen within an hour except in a rare emergency.
I dated a doctor briefly about a year and a half ago. We went out for lunch one day and after we ordered, he looked at his watch and said "Well, I have an appointment with a patient right now"... It was another 45 minutes before we finished lunch and he left for his office. It seemed to me that this was nothing out of the ordinary for him...
Anyway.. what say you all on this topic?
Patient wins lawsuit against doctor who kept him waiting