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In the Waiting Line

Remember that scene in the movie Beetlejuice, where he's siting in the waiting room? He's holding ticket number 9-trillion-and-something, only to look up at a sign that reads, "Now Serving 03."


That's how I've felt lately sitting in doctors' offices. I understand doctors now overbook appointments because of rampant no-shows. But I also know that they charge those no-shows upwards of 50 bucks for not being there. Can't they make up the difference without wasting my time?

I was late for an appointment once with my (former) dentist. After calling to let them know I would be late, they told me to come on down anyways. After rushing there (three towns over) they told me I was too late to be seen. And of course I was still charged for the visit.

Of course (and I think there was a Seinfeld episode on this) when doctors are late or have to cancel appointments, what do we get for our troubles? Zilch.

It's annoying. But at least it gives me an excuse to link to this great song, "In the Waiting Line" by Zero 7.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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