Reader's View: Blame late patients for docs running behind

Quit being late, and check in 10 to 15 minutes prior to your appointment.

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Tired of your physician running behind? Well, it's not the doctor’s fault.

Every outpatient provider in town requires physicians to check a patient in and see them if they are up to 15 minutes late. What that means is that one selfish, constantly running behind, poor-at-planning person who has a 20-minute appointment can make it impossible for the remaining patients to be seen on time.

Now don't lecture me that "we all are late on occasion." I worked in health care for over 30 years. Some people are constantly late. You know who you are.

It takes five to 10 minutes just for the nurse to complete federally required and state-required questionnaires and your vital signs before the physician even sees you for the allotted 20 minutes. So, why would you show up for a 3 p.m. appointment at 3 p.m. and then complain that the physician only spent 10 minutes with you?

Quit being late, and check in 10 to 15 minutes prior to your appointment. I'm willing to bet your physician will then be able to spend more time with you and your concerns.


In the off chance an executive from the outpatient providers is reading this, it's time to deny service to late people until everyone who was on time gets seen first.

Scott Goodland


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