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Re: Good Doctor, Bad Doctor- How to Know

Several posters have mentioned taking time for the patient as a hallmark of a good doctor.

So I'm curious: How long are your appointments generally? Say, a first appointment to discuss a new problem?

At the practice I go to appointments are 10 minutes.

(Blood work, x-rays, etc are done by a technician, so not counted in that time.)

Would you say this is the norm?
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Old 25.11.2020, 09:58
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Several posters have mentioned taking time for the patient as a hallmark of a good doctor.

So I'm curious: How long are your appointments generally? Say, a first appointment to discuss a new problem?

At the practice I go to appointments are 10 minutes.

(Blood work, x-rays, etc are done by a technician, so not counted in that time.)

Would you say this is the norm?
I think my GP allows 15 minutes per appointment and she is nearly always running late. She won’t rush a consultation.
All blood work etc is done by the assistant so that doesn’t count.

If I remember rightly they introduced a rule a couple of years ago limiting reimbursement of appointments by the basic insurance to 20 minutes, anything over that was at the cost of the patient. Not sure if that was for all doctors or just GPs.

I’ll see if I can find more info about it.

Édit: from my brief search thus far it seems that they never introduced that rule.

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Re: Good Doctor, Bad Doctor- How to Know

30 minutes here - which I believe is way over the top. If we go together for a yearly check-up (with blood tests taken by phlebotomist) - it is 1 hour.
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30 minutes here - which I believe is way over the top. If we go together for a yearly check-up (with blood tests taken by phlebotomist) - it is 1 hour.
My oncologist visits are usually 30 minutes, and my gyn are the same. That’s just time with the doctor. But my GP is usually 10-15, and I try to do a focused visit. If I think I have multiple issues, I let them know beforehand.

I‘m used to waiting half an hour or so for the oncologist, he‘s always running late. But they take the chemo patients more promptly, as it should be.
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Re: Good Doctor, Bad Doctor- How to Know

At my GP I'd say it's 15 to 20 mins. He does his own blood draws so that takes a bit more time.

Earlier this year I saw a new doctor. The first appointment was only about 15 minutes. Due to questions about potential surgery he had his assistant block an hour for the next appointment and we used all of it.
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Several posters have mentioned taking time for the patient as a hallmark of a good doctor.

So I'm curious: How long are your appointments generally? Say, a first appointment to discuss a new problem?

At the practice I go to appointments are 10 minutes.

(Blood work, x-rays, etc are done by a technician, so not counted in that time.)

Would you say this is the norm?
It's hard to say - because it depends on the issues. I do not think that the time spent equals a good doctor, some are great in a short time and some are bad no matter how long they spend with a patient. My experiences are from 10min to more. 5min phonecalls, too. Covid changes availability, too.
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It's hard to say - because it depends on the issues. I do not think that the time spent equals a good doctor, some are great in a short time and some are bad no matter how long they spend with a patient. My experiences are from 10min to more. 5min phonecalls, too. Covid changes availability, too.
Also the person - spending time chatting to the doctor is my worst nightmare.

I remember fondly my childhood doctor - any appointment was basically:

- stick your tongue out, hmmm
- let me listen to your breathing, cough, and again, hmmm
- you're fine, take an aspirin
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