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Come see for yourself why medicine rarely runs on time Print E-mail
Written by Andrea Eisenberg, MD | KevinMD   
Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:00
 
"Sorry, I'm running late ... sorry, to keep you waiting." How many times a day do I say that? Sometimes it is every time I walk into a patient's room as if it is a normal greeting. Sometimes patients respond with: "Oh, you aren't late" or "I haven't been waiting long." I can be so obsessed with not being late that I don't realize I'm  actually running on time! But I know it is a common complaint that patients "always" have to wait to be seen by their doctor. One of my senior partners at work used to say "waiting for a good doctor is like waiting to be seated at a good restaurant, it is worth the wait," and never worried about time. I admired how thorough he was with his patients - I don't think any of his patients felt rushed or not heard and came to expect waiting for his care.
 
Come join me for a day and see for yourself why medicine rarely runs on time... 
 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 July 2018 17:11
 


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