Thursday, June 30, 2016

Farmer H Is But A Serf In Another Man's Castle

Farmer H called me Wednesday, LIVID! He doesn't know what that word means, but he was.

"I got to the doctor today and they told me they canceled my appointment! They said, 'It was for 11:15, and you weren't here, so we canceled it.' That's BULLSH!T. I got there at 11:30, and they said they canceled my appointment!"

"Well, your appointment WAS for 11:15. They left a message."

"I KNOW it was for 11:15. But I always have to wait at least a half hour in the waiting room. I told them! 'I never get in at my appointment time! I don't see why I should get here on time just to sit and wait!' They said I could have an appointment in AUGUST. Or tomorrow. I told them, 'NO. I can't come tomorrow!' I'm going to tell my own doctor. I don't know why I have to go there anyway. He just checks my A1C. My own doctor does that anyway. Does bloodwork. I don't know why I have to go to this guy."

"The boys' doctor used to do that. Cancel an appointment if you weren't there at the appointment time. AND they charged for it! Didn't give the appointment, but charged. We were never late. And it's a pain waiting for an appointment with two kids in a room full of sick people. I didn't like their attitudes, either. But the #1 son really liked that guy, because they talked about computers. He's the one who didn't follow up on The Pony's pneumonia, and ended up sending him to a heart specialist. Doctors can get away with a lot."

Uh huh. Almost as much as TV meteorologists.

5 comments:

Sioux said...

Did he go in with angry eyebrows Sharpie-ed on?

Hillbilly Mom said...

Sioux,
No. He didn't want to be labeled "difficult" in his file.

fishducky said...

I once had a doctor tell me he wouldn't be late if he didn't have to answer the patient's questions!!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Wow, 15 minutes late, they are not messing around!! I would have been a little miffed, except that I am always early. I hate getting there late.

Hillbilly Mom said...

fishducky,
That was a lot of nerve! I guess he wanted a conveyor belt of patients to roll by for his perusal, without giving him any lip.

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Kathy,
I am always 15 minutes early. Then wait for over an hour. Last time, I dared to arrive right on the appointment time. I'm a rebel like that. And still waited.