When considering a doctor for your baby or an ob-gyn, ask how long, on average, patients have to wait when they come in for an appointment. Keep in mind that having a doctor who respects your time doesn’t mean you’ll never have to wait.
“I treat every patient as a unique case, and I take as much time as I need to provide the best possible care,” says Shultz. “If there’s a child with abdominal pain or a teenager threatening suicide, I’m going to spend the time it takes, and I’m not watching the clock. If this means that sometimes my patients have to wait because another patient is having an emergency, I hope they realize that I’ll do the same for their child in a heartbeat.”
That said, even on the busiest days office staff shouldn’t put you on hold indefinitely when you call, and they should keep you informed about how long you’ll have to wait for your appointment.
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