Doctors 2

21 April 2012 Categories: Gerry's Corner

Some of you may recall in a previous Blog I shared the fact that my partner was in a car accident involving a deer. This was 2 ½ years ago. Today she is still undergoing tests, seeing specialists, had shoulder surgery recently and more to come. We have travelled to London, North Bay and the GTA to get opinions and advice on her injuries. The last 2 1/2 years have seen us in more Doctor’s offices, Specialists Offices and Hospitals to last us a life time. This recent extensive experience with the Medical Profession has prompted me to question many of their practices. In fact it is hard not to compare their practices with general business practices. As an aside, Specialists have a waiting list of up to 1-2 years in some cases. It is very disheartening to say the least.

There is one area that has prompted me to question their effectiveness. That area is booking of appointments with General Practitioners also known as Family Doctors. Booking appointments every 10 minutes is mind boggling to me. How can you assess a medical issue, write notes maybe a prescription, answer the patient’s questions in a short 10 minutes. I spend far more time than that to interview a person for hiring. In my mind hiring a person is very important but not as critical as dealing with someone’s health. I just don’t understand but it sure explains why we have to wait so long in waiting rooms. The solution might be to book less appointments and do a more thorough job unless you are in it just for the money. If I ran my Business this way I would be out of Business.

Check out my previous blog on Doctors ( January 2011 ) to see what happened when I invoiced a Doctor for my waiting time in his office.