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A patient’s experience: How long does it take to consult a doctor?
 

A patient’s experience: How long does it take to consult a doctor?

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Calling all doctors: Let's take a look from a patient’s point-of-view as we explore what is involved in the process of obtaining medical consultations and treatments – and discuss the wait, oh the wait.
 
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2 Sep 2016 - General
 
We also have such consultants. These people don't have a personal life whatsoever. They start the day around 6 in the morning at the private hospital. They see 10-20 patients and come to the government hospital they work for. Do the ward rounds quickly and run again to the hospital and start seeing patients from about 2 or 3 pm and there are so man patients that sometimes it doesn't finish till past 11- 12 pm. And they go back and do the same thing the next day. I think by doing this, th...
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Of course doctor popularity is the leading cause. Though there is a bunch of doctors in the community, patients usually demand a few number of doctors among the company of doctors. It depends on how a doctor perform in front of a patient. Usually in Sri Lanka the government doctors attend their general practicing dispensaries after their hospital duties. A doctor's duty at a hospital may extend without a prior notice. So sometimes the time of getting off from the hospital could become unpred...
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Theekshana Abayawickrama doctor popularity is a huge factor. There are a few doctors who I know of who see patients up to early morning as this is how in demand they are. There isn't enough time on the clock for them to see all of the patients during the day and see in patients as well. These patients are more than willing to come at 3am to see these doctors as they don't want to go to anyone else. My mom&...
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This is very true with regard to the situation at my country too. Once, to consult a physician for my mother I had to wait for 3 hours before it was my chance to enter. Even in the private sector, there are more patients than the number that doctors can manage. There are generally two extremes. There are some consultants who are more popular than the rest in their speciality so they get a significantly larger amount of patients. Some consultants in my country do private practice and see more tha...
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Alex Ngai: I know what you mean. I myself would wait as long as 3 hours to see a specialist and I would even go early to have my name listed. So basically in total I wait for 5 hours as I would go 2 hours before to list my name as that is the earliest we are allowed to. When I was moonlighting I would get an influx of patients from the doctors clinics in the ER because they cannot wait anymore to see a doctor. I ...
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In my clinic, when there is an unplanned procedure that the patient needs, or when a patient is late---the schedule gets disrupted. It's a cascading effect so I make sure to time every patient (with their corresponding treatment needs) so that when one is leaving, the other is entering. As much as possible, I want very little to no waiting time. It is almost doable---apart from unforeseeable circumstances. But whenever I go to see a doctor or when I accompany family to see a doctor (GP or ...
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Waiting times at the clinic are one of those very peculiar things. Long waiting times at public hospitals are understandable: the number of patients visiting these hospitals far outweighs the number of doctors available. The funny thing is that waiting times at private clinics aren't necessarily better. I've experienced waiting 1-2 hours at private clinics, be it a GP clinic or a specialist. Surgeons and doctors have sometimes cited "spending more time on patient care" as a rea...
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