2. “If you’re going to be late or miss an appointment, let my office staff know.”
Doctors hate waiting for patients as much as patients hate waiting for them. “If you come in late, I’ll have less time for you, and chances are everybody after you will also have less time,” says Sue Harris, MD, head of family practice at the Children and Women’s Health Center of British Columbia, in Vancouver. It’s even more difficult when patients miss an appointment altogether. One exasperated doc says: “After three no-shows, why shouldn’t I send you a bill? The dentist or the lawyer likely would have after the first time.”
What you can do: If you can’t make an appointment, cancel as early as possible.