Patients Missing Medical Appointments Are Costing Valley Doctors


POSTED: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 9:54am

UPDATED: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:05am

EDINBURG - Doctor's offices and hospitals across the country and in the Valley are facing an increasing problem.

People aren't showing up for their doctor's appointments. And maybe to you, skipping these appointments probably doesn't sound like a big deal..

But, as News Center 23 Reporter Erin Murray tells us, it's a bigger loss than you think.

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I think that if you run a business that provides a service to the public you have to expect these things to happen. The doctor has an excuse for being late and so do the patients.
If he takes a larger case load to make up for missing appoinments, to me he's just trying to make as much money as he can. He feels his time is more important than the patients. If his office is full of patients he does not care if people have to wait he seems to be more concerned with his time not being waisted.

I do think people need to call and cancel their appointment, not just not show up. Yet, on the other hand the dr overbooks and then the patients can be waiting one or two hours or more. And then there are the emergencies that come up and the patients are not told for a long time so their are setting and waiting when they could go home or do other things and come back when they are told to come back. My time is important too

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