Recently, I came across the following comment on Facebook: "So how long do you wait for a doctor before it gets rude and obnoxious? I have been waiting one hour not even close to my turn!" This person brought up a great point: Why do patients often have to wait to see their physician and how long is too long? The responses were interesting, albeit a bit disturbing given the misconceptions of the causes of the delay.
One person responded, "As a teacher, can you imagine what would happen if you kept a parent waiting for an hour? So rude!" Another commented, "I don't wait like that unless it's really, really important I be seen. Try going to the receptionist and let them know you can't wait any longer and ask for another appointment. See if that makes it faster." A third stated, "I just walk out."