Here is some insight to what health care appointments look like on the provider's side.
Patients are given appointments for a specific time. Then the patient arrives. Now change the word “appointment” to the word “reservation”. What the patient is really doing is reserving time with a provider to go over a condition. Reservations have a time when to arrive to check in and when a room or event is open to attend or settle into. The appointment is also the same. The time of the appointment is the time scheduled with the provider. Arriving earlier than the schedule time allows for the process of identification and insurance, vital signs, and then selection of a room to meet and greet with a provider. Late patients may often lose their appointment time and be turned away.
A reservation is set aside for an allotted time and may be a focused visit. Adding on extras or other items of concern, the patient may need to reserve a longer time. If this is a concern, ask for additional time when scheduling the appointment. Providers are often very happy to discuss concerns but may have to limit concerns when another appointment is waiting on them to arrive in the exam room.
About the Author: Lisa Goins PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, RMT is the CEO of Couture Health Care
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