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A 24-year-old male asked:

Why do "some" doctors spend so little time with a patient?

3 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Malinda Linn
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Time constraints: Unfortunately physicians are paid according to quantity and not quality and feel the pressures to see an increasing number of patients in order to merely "pay the bills." with the increasing costs of medical school and running an office, along with a continuing decrease in payments from insurance companies, it is necessary to fit in many patients. Definitely an unfortunate position for many of us.
Dr. Theresa Yang
Dr. Theresa Yanganswered
General Practice 9 years experience
Many reasons: Doctors today are faced with increasing time demands, including administrative work and pressure to see many patients in a day. The amount of time spent on a visit will also depend on the reason for the visit . To make the most of your appointment, be clear about the reason for your visit. Prepare and bring a list of questions, and don't be shy about asking for clarifications.
Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Mooreanswered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Different styles...: Doctors, like people, have different styles & techniques when interacting with others--what might seem brief to you is just right for another patient. You may be unaware of all the prep time your physician spent reviewing your database beforehand & charting afterward. If you desire more information/ time from your doctor, be proactive, come prepared with notes, questions, goals, & don't be shy.

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