Tomorrow is a very medical day for Mr.Q and I, beginning with the next regularly scheduled visit with maternity Dr. R and winding down the day with the obligatory maternity ward tour.
In between that, we have an appointment with Dr. O. Dr. O is a family doctor down the street from Dr. R who is presently accepting new patients. And, since we discovered a couple of weeks ago that our family doctor, Dr. W, has moved to a far far away clinic, we need a new family doctor. Upon calling the office of Dr. O, we were told that, yes, he is taking on new patients and that we could book a consultation appointment to see if we like him and so that he can see if he’s interested in having us as patients.
What the hell??? Are doctors allowed to do that??
Basically, my only criteria include: 1. are you planning to retire in the next 5 years and 2. are you an idiot.
Aside from that, I have other questions, but those are mostly just for my information: what hospital do you have admitting rights to, what are the clinic hours, etc etc.
I would gather that his criteria would be meant to assess whether or not Mr.Q and I are idiots and/or hypochondriacs but, really, even if, can he actually refuse to take us on? [and, while we may have our issues, idiocy and hypochondriac-ism aren’t generally among them. poor spelling and making up words, yes, but that’s different] Are we going to be asked for references from Dr. R and Dr. W? Will our dress be assessed for outward signs of flaky tendencies? Do we admit to not only consorting with chiropractors and naturopaths, but that we’ve actually found both to be beneficial? And, finally, would we want a doctor with whom these things would be an issue?
I’m having Seinfeld flashbacks – the episode in which Elaine was searching out a new doctor, though, to my knowledge, I have no red pen in my file. Regardless, it’s still rather disconcerting.
Should this not work out with Dr. O [oh, no, it’s not you, it’s me … but I think perhaps it’s best if we don’t actually see each other], there are a few other doctors around who may still be accepting new patients – should we all manage to pass each others’ interviews.
I must now go review my criteria…