Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Hurry Up and Wait
My hubby had to go to the doctor yesterday, and he likes me to drive him. I didn't mind going, but I know the routine. We had gotten the phone call on Wednesday, reminding us of our 11:30 a.m. appointment at SLUCare. Not a problem. Then, the little-girl automated voice on the phone says, "Please arrive 20 minutes early for registration." What? I know this game. Sure enough, we left at 10:45 in order to be there 20 minutes early. They got us through registration in record time, but then they sent us back to Ophthomalogy (Is that spelled correctly? Those of you who know me will believe I sat there 15 minutes memorizing how the word was spelled, and now I've forgotten the little tricks I used to remember it!). Anyway, we sat there a solid hour before they even called him back. I decided to remain in the waiting room. At least they had a current newspaper and some of the magazines were within the two-year date limit I set for reading material. I sat there until my butt was numb and tingly (you know the feeling) before he ever returned. And this wasn't the first time it's happened! Last week - same thing. The doctor we saw last week charges over $700/visit. Now, I don't want you to think that WE pay that. Hubby has Medicare. But I've seen the charges, and I know that's what's charged to SOMEONE. We wondered if, maybe, it would be okay when the doc finally called us in to tell him that the statute of limitation had passed, and now he had to pay us. That sounds reasonable, doesn't it? Then, as if making us wait an hour wasn't enough, at one point during our visit, this doctor said, "Well, you're not here for me, I'm here for you!" Don't make me laugh. What kind of pompous piety is that? If we weren't there, who else would be stupid enough to pay $700/visit. You're right. The waiting room was filled the whole time. Makes me wonder what this world is coming to. Oh well. What do I have to do at home anyway? More laundry?