Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Glad I could help, part 2

Actual phone message: (patient has missed 5 followup appointments)

Please phone in refills on (various psych) meds.

Patient doesn't want to waste her time and money coming in to see Dr. Smak.

Apparently I'm doing a stellar job this week.

7 comments:

Rach said...

Bah! how frustrating... Strolled on over from Dinah, Clink & Roy's Shrink Rap blog. I think I'll add you to my blog roll and stick around a bit!

Femail doc said...

Forgive me for laughing. Considering having these done up in calligraphy and hanging them on my wall.

Anonymous said...

Last night at 9:00 pm one of my partner's patients called with a long diatribe about shoulder pain she's had since JULY. She said she'd go to the ER (we don't ever call pain meds in at night) but "I have to be admitted because I can't afford the $70 for the ER copay." And here I thought I'd already heard everything....

Bongi said...

recently a patient filled out a complaint after discharge saying the hospital needed more doctors. and this because i didn't immediately down tools (i was doing a laparotomy at the time) and rush over to give him an immodium tablet the moment he demanded one.
both he and his mother seemed to be convinced the world revolves around him. who knows, maybe they are right.

PalMD said...

Frustrated resident came to me...guy on the phone wanted vicodin, and since resident said know, wanted to talk to a "real" doctor. Big mistake.

I got on the phone as asked what happened to his rx from last week---"lost it". I said, "If I gave you a hundred dollar bill and you lost it...wait, you wouldn't, would you?" If I had a hundred bucks for every time someone told me their dog ate it, they lost it, it fell out of their coat on the bus, well, I could work for free. He hung up on me.

ten out of ten said...

Maybe you should just put in a drive-thru window.

Nikki said...

I wish they'd bring back the days when doctors visited patients. No more missed appointments on the patients' part.

It is a pain when the entire day is scheduled around 5 minutes of actual doctor visit. It does annoy me that I do all the heavy lifting in the mental recovery and all I see the doc doing is giving an autograph on the same old pill form, and I am paying for that? It does feel like a waste, and I see why this lady doesn't want to come around.