Stare down waiting room anxiety at your doctor’s office
07/25/18 Rancho Mission Viejo, CA – If you’re going to the doctor, these days you’re competing with everyone else to get your piece of the healthcare pie. What if you could feel less rushed, more confident and even get more time with your doctor? And get the valuable appointment time you need most. It’s not just possible, patients who read Dale White’s new book “Don’t Get Sick Over your Healthcare” get six simple steps to achieve just that. And more.
White is sharing tools from his 10 years in the healthcare industry where’s he’s helped more than 50,000 patients get their appointment started.
“There’s a shortage of doctors and appointments, your insurance coverage may be confusing and you don’t feel well. And what if the doctor tells you more tests and further treatment are necessary? That’s a ton to deal with from the from the start,” White says. “But you need to be ready.”
What’s one of the easiest, most effective steps to take? “Confirm your appointment time and location every time, because even being a few minutes late can cause your appointment to be canceled,” according to White. “Doctor schedules are often over-booked and there’s no room to squeeze you in once you’re late.”
There are also misconceptions about when to actually arrive for the appointment, White says. “Patients who think checking in at the scheduled time is adequate may be unpleasantly surprised to find a long line ahead of them. And that may really make them late. “I’ve worked in clinics where you need to get approval from the doctor’s team to even check in a patient who is 10 minutes late,” White warns. “What is your personal cost if you’re forced to reschedule?”
“I’ve watched patients approach their healthcare in many ways,” he says. “The best health results go to those who are highly prepared for their doctor visit.”
“No patient should be left behind,” White says, “but the healthcare system will most reward those who help themselves.”