But I'll tell you what I do mind. I do mind waiting an astronomical amount of time every single time I want to see a bloody doctor. Why? Why? Whyyyyyyy? Why do I have to wait so long? It doesn't make any sense. Every time I go, I look around the room - there is no one bleeding, vomiting or complaining of chest pains. It's just a whole bunch of people like me who have been double/triple booked. I realise that doctors are more important than normal people because they've attended university for ten years but I've had enough. It's time for us to stand up as a nation and say "NO! We will not stand for this any longer. We shall not wait for doctors a moment longer."
I'm sure if they were asked, then doctors would say that they are heavily booked because they are awesome and people show up unannounced blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I don't care. The bottom line is that urgent cases do not usually go to GPs and family medical centers are run on an appointment basis which must mean they are overbooking. I once watched my doctor walk out on his lunch break then come back in after an hour. About ten minutes after that I got my appointment. I felt pure rage. Don't worry, I contained it. Just.
Recently, I have done a sneaky bit of detective work at my doctors. While they were making me wait in the little room after the waiting room (the one where I tell the nurse exactly what I'm going to tell the doctor), I looked at the appointment schedule. Each patient gets ten minutes. Ten minutes! That's it? I pay however much I pay for ten minutes? Ridiculous! Preposterous! Ludicrous! Contemptible! An outrage!
Here are a few ideas for how we can solve this problem.
1. Ring your medical centre and make an appointment for a time. Hang up and ring back ten minutes later using a fake voice and an alias. Make the appointment for ten minutes prior to yours.
2. Fake bleeding, heart pain and/or vomiting every time you go to the doctors.
3. Make friends with the reception staff so they bump you up the queue.
4. Make appointments with two doctors at the same time and say "I'll just take the one that's ready first."
Let's just hope that with this one small article, we can start making some big changes. I look forward to a future where no one in New Zealand has to wait longer than five minutes for a doctor's appointment.