Posted by: Christopher Maloney, Naturopathic Doctor | August 31, 2011

It’s Not Just Me: Why Doctors Are Always Late.

Airport Check In 3

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MSN has a nice article on the many reasons that doctors are always late, but I have one:  because I put people ahead of time management.

I think the reality is that most doctors do an extraordinary job of trying to manage an ever-increasing patient load faster.  We’ve already seen the demise of the complete medical history, look for the future as an automatic check-in kiosk like they have for the airlines.  Answer all your questions online before you get to the counter, and get yourself weighed by the nurse.  Then get on the conveyor belt and pass by the doctor for your 26 seconds of face time.

In a world that is becoming ever more impersonal, doctors are the only professionals many of us see about own lives.  We should reverse the pressures and give doctors more time with patients.  Watch the overall costs of healthcare drop rather than rise as doctors and patients work out non-surgical and non-testing based solutions to chronic illness realities.


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