Wednesday, June 3, 2009

need a light?

So, this morning I got up and out early to make it to an 8:10 appointment at the dermatologist. Proud of myself for being five minutes early, I said hello to the young lady at the front desk and gave her my insurance card.  She looked it over and said, "Oh, I'm sorry, you'll need a referral from your PCP in order for your insurance to pay for this visit."  (For real?  No one mentioned that to me when I made the appointment.....)  She proceeded to say, "Unless you want to pay out of pocket."  (Sure, I'd love to pay out of pocket to keep this appointment if I had an extra $300 laying around.)  "How long has it been since you've seen your PCP?  We could call for a referral, but if it's been over 6 months, you'll need to actually have a doctor visit; see the doctor and get a check-up."  ...(For the love of god.)
I smiled at the receptionist and thanked her for her time.  I told her I would call to reschedule after I saw my doctor.  
Since my doctor (whom I haven't seen in about two years) has her office right down the street from the dermatologist, I figured I'd go in to make the appointment instead of calling.
I walked in to the office and was struck by fraternity house the-day-after-smell of cigarette smoke!!  And this wasn't the 'maybe it's coming from the guy sitting in the waiting room' smell, it was in the walls.  
I am not a smoke-buster; really - I'm not one of those people at an outside cafe who asks the lady at the next table to put out her cigarette, but really, this just wasn't acceptable.  I am now questioning the judgement of everyone who works there -- Those who do the hiring of doctor's office staff should NOT hire smokers.  Yes, I am being completely judgmental, (and probably discriminatory and prejudice) but in this case I believe I have a right to be.

I will keep this last appointment (for Friday) to get my dermatology referral, but I will be switching doctors.
Am I overreacting?  What do you all think?!
{photo credit: epic self}

1 comment:

  1. That's bizarre. Any doctor's office I've ever been to smells like antiseptic and sick.


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