No one like waiting at the doctor. I’ve heard many people say, “Well, if he is going to use up my valuable time, then I’m sending him a bill.”
While I appreciate the sentiment, it’s not that the doctor thinks her time is more valuable than yours; it’s not a matter of your time vs. the doctor’s. It’s yours vs. the other patients. All of a doctor’s patients compete for the reletively limited resource of her time. There may be a few doctors out there who can limit themselves to only a few patients per day, but in primary care medicine, in order to keep the lights on you have to see lots of patients. But you also have to stop by the hospital, call people back, check on labs and tests, and go to the bathroom. Even if you keep your practice light, your time is finite.
Some doctors run a terrible office, and sometimes people wait inappropriately. But as I always tell my patients, “someone today might have needed a little extra time. Next time it may be you, and you’ll get it, even if someone else has to wait.”