After booking a week ahead with my doctor for an appointment (I had some stiches that needed removing) I opted to go in early(prior to 9am) to ensure I was going to make it to work on time, only to end up waiting for two hours.
This certainly isn’t a first for me, in fact, whenever I have been off work ill I have found it increasingly more difficult to get a doctors apoointment within a week of calling. Alsoon numerous occaisions I have had to deal with narky receptionists who have either booked me in incorrectly or forgotten I have even checked in at the front desk, leaving me there to wait until I have spoken up.
To top this off I was never even informed my regular GP had moved when his practice in my suburb had closed down, leading me on a wild goose chase in order to find where he now worked from and having to argue black and blue that whilst I was new at that practice the GP in question I had been seeing for quite a few years.
I am over it! My dog gets better treatment at the vet!
If I was in prison I think I would be able to see a doctor within 24 hours. As it stands I have to pay $70 for the privilege of waiting two hours to see my regular doctor (of which I can claim back $30 bucks).
Like I said before, I understand there are people with more problems than me in this regard BUT how is this fair or reasonable for law-abiding, tax paying, citizens?
I shudder to think of how people on lower incomes than mine deal with this situation, especially in an emergency.