Looking for a Decent Doctor

My GP, the Ancient One, retired a couple of years ago and I am still without a GP.  I have seen a half dozen doctors but not one I would call decent.

One kept me waiting for an hour for one appointment then cancelled my next appointment because I was 10 minutes late.  It seems 10 minutes of her time is worth more than 60 of mine.  My blood pressure went up (almost the one and only time in my life) after the hour long wait and she wanted to put me on medication for it.  I left and my blood pressure has been normal ever since.

One kept a clinic like a beauty salon where old women rushed in and out getting their Botox topped up.  Apparently a lucrative sideline for a GP but is she still practicing medicine?  She failed to order the blood test I asked for (my cancer marker) and waved off my query and concern by saying airily, “we can do that next time”.  Sorry, no next time.

One was pushing every test and procedure known to modern medicine whether I needed them or not; I spent a lot of time say “no, thank you”.  Then he summoned TWO people into the surgery to give me two vaccinations  (“two for the price of one”), so quickly I couldn’t refuse.  He offered to give me a discount because they like to keep patients happy.  Really?

One whom I thought was going to be OK told me that she was only ‘on rotation’ and won’t be there the next time I need to see her.  Apparently having these rotation doctors help fill the gap for a lot of doctors who just want to work a day or two for ‘pin money’ while they do what they really want to do.  Like playing football, maybe.

Yes, one was a football player who didn’t bother to read the report my specialist sent him.  Spent a lot of time arguing with me about what my specialist did or did not say (turned out I was right; it was in the report) and failed to give me the referral my specialist had asked him to write.  Then he argued with me about the blood test I needed as a cancer marker (“is there such a thing?”) then went online to find the test I needed.  Seeing him was more expensive than seeing my neurologist as I had to pay for his education.  Then his receptionist told me that I should have made a longer appointment and should have discussed with her what I needed to see him for instead of making the appointment online.  What?

One saw me for less than 5 minutes; sitting on one cheek of her buttocks, body half ready to spring up and take off.  I gave up.

I owe my pharmacist a prescription for the drug I live on because I have yet to find a decent GP.

WANTED:  A Doctor who is interested in caring for patients and keeping up to date on the practice of medicine with a receptionist who is not delusional about her qualifications.

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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15 Responses to Looking for a Decent Doctor

  1. Absolutely appalling. And you are paying for this rubbish?

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  2. gaiainaction says:

    Gosh Mary this is scary! And happening more and more all over the world I guess! We are finding that more and more we have to do our own research and then go to a doctor to discuss this information as many do not seem so well informed at all. I wish you to find a good doc soon.

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  3. I dread the day my own Ancient One decides to retire, or I move across country and have to find someone new. I don’t know how I could still be shocked reading your experiences having encountered enough unprofessionalism and inhumanity in the various specialists I’ve been sent to, but it stunned me. I wish you the very best luck finding someone who actually respects the oath to do no harm!

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    • Mary Tang says:

      Inhumanity is the word that came to mind when on Monday I was stabbed five times by two medical ‘professionals’ before they successfully gave me an injection of dye for an MRI. All that time I was lying on a cold slab in a freezing room dressed in a paper gown. I had to ask for an extra blanket four times before they gave it to me. The doctor actually said ‘I suppose we’d better warm you up’ since we had to wait for them to find a butterfly needle.


  4. zdunno03 says:

    Finding a good doctor is not easy. I had a great one back in NY but unfortunately have not found one comparable to him since I left. Good luck in your ongoing search.

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  5. lifecameos says:

    This is so scary, and you are certainly not the only person I have heard of having problems with GP’s. Good luck for finding a caring doctor.

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