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Angie’s List: Doctors Office Wait Times

(WGGB) — Do you play the waiting game at your doctor’s office? If your answer is yes, it can be quite frustrating.

In a recent Angie’s List poll, 65 percent of the respondents said they waited an hour or more to see a health care professional and those times could get worse.

Many health care experts and providers tell Angie’s List they expect wait times to increase.

The problem? not enough doctors to meet the demands of more patients.

“The poll also found that 70 percent of the respondents didn’t know ahead of time that their doctor was running late and 55 percent didn’t receive an apology that they were running late. The key here is to check in with the doctor’s office before you show up. Find out if they are running late, so that you can adjust your schedule as well. Ask if there is any additional paperwork that you need to fill out ahead of time because you can do that from home, so you’re not spending your time in the waiting room,” says Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.

You don’t want to skip going to the doctor, but when you are scheduling plan ahead.

See if you can get into the doctor first thing in the morning, right at the beginning of the day, then, they can’t be behind.

Right after lunch is also a good spot because they have taken a break and likely have caught up.

Angie’s List recommends you treat health care just like any other hiring decision: if you’re still having problems after talking to your doctor, find a new one.

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