7 tips to cut the wait time to see your doctor

7 tips to cut the wait time to see your doctor
an examinging room in a doctor's office is prepped for a patient.

an examinging room in a doctor's office is prepped for a patient.

Preventive care plays a major role in staying healthy and emergency care is so called for a reason. Don’t avoid the doctor because of long wait times. Instead, try these tips:

• When trying to schedule a much-needed appointment with a new doctor or specialist, chat up the person who schedules visits and explain why you need to be seen 
as soon as possible.

• Ask to be put on the doctor’s cancellation list and follow up 
with the scheduler weekly if you’re looking for a new doctor or want 
to see a specialist.

• For normal office visits, ask for the first morning or after lunch appointment. Arrive early, bring your medication and a short list of the questions you most want addressed.

• If you need more time, ask the scheduler to book two time slots 
so you don’t feel rushed and the 
next patients aren’t kept waiting.

• When your doctor isn’t available 
for same-day appointments, ask to see another doctor, physician assistant or a nurse practitioner.

• Visit an urgent care center or retail clinic for routine sick appointments.

• Call ahead to make sure your doctor’s appointments are running on time.


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