Now I have heard it all. Doctors paying patients if the doctor is not on time? Doctors have to go to school until they are about 30 and the cost of their education is over-the-top. If doctors take Medicare and Medicaid patients, they make about $13 a visit. Doctors do often overbook – for a lot of reasons – one of them being the late or missing patients. Then there are the desperate patients who need an urgent appointment whom doctors do not want to turn down. Many patients do not show and often do not even call to cancel or they cancel at the last minute.
Trying to get patients to pay is another problem. People will pay to have their car repaired, their house painted, and to purchase a new boat or car, but just try to get them to pay the doctor. Some people feel entitled and do not want to pay for necessities like health care. Then there is the issue of patients coming in with unexpected problems and causing delays.
As if that isn’t enough, patients now want to send bills to doctors if they are kept waiting. Have we gone crazy? People need to look at the total picture. If your doctor keeps you waiting too long then get another doctor or take your ipad or your book with it. What is the big deal?
“…Elaine Farstad got antsy as she waited for her doctor, who was late for her scheduled appointment. Then she got downright impatient. Then, as nearly two hours passed, she got mad. Then she came up with an idea.
“‘ decided to bill the doctor,” she says. “If you waste my time, you’ve bought my time.’
When Farstad returned home, she figured out her hourly wage working as an IT specialist at Boeing in Everett, Washington. She doubled it for the two hours she’d spent in the waiting room, and mailed the invoice to her doctor.
‘It’s ludicrous — why would I wait for free?” says Farstad, who is now an engineering graduate student at North Carolina State University. “Like we all learned in kindergarten, it’s about respecting each other.’
In years gone by, doctors would likely have scoffed at the suggestion they reimburse patients for time spent waiting. But Farstad’s doctor sent her a check for $100, the full amount she requested, and some tardy doctors tell CNN they give patients money (or a gift) before the patient even asks.
‘I love this!” says Dave deBronkart, co-chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine. “It’s magnificent that some physicians are valuing patients’ time. It’s a commitment to designing a practice that truly serves patients…”‘ Read here: The Doctor has to pay you now