Q: I don’t have a question, but I just want to comment: I think it’s horrible that doctors do not run on time. I don’t run my business like that. The white coat is not a free pass to keep patients waiting!
A: I here ya brutha! On the lecture circuit, (Utah next Month.) I open by asking the room full of doctors: “How many patients in a successful solo practice should be in a four-chair waiting room?“Ninety-nine percent of the time their answers range from one to four patients. Most will answer: “Four”; a full house.
The correct answer, in my opinion, which is based on my own practice, is ZERO. How? The previous patient has left just before the next patient enters the waiting room. Since I am usually running on time, when the new patient enters the waiting room as they bend down to pick up a magazine, my patient care coordinator, Anette, politely exclaims: “Mrs. G.; come on back to the operatory; we’re ready for you!” Hence; an empty waiting room. Believe me. I have changed doctors for chronically being late; among other things, such as bedside manners equivalent to a small soap dish and as much eye contact as a blind flounder.
My staff and I meet every morning to discus what can we do better for patient retention i.e. how do we make folks happy?
A nation wide study shows the most common reasons for leaving a dental practice are broken into four categories, which we will address over several columns. My staff and I decide how to prevent this EVERY DAY.
Bring up these issues to the office manner so improvements can be made to help you and you and mankind.