What happens when Princess calls?
Her favorite thing is to talk to the person who made the appointment. They confirm it. Everyone is happy. This is a rarity. Her next favorite is to get the machine and leave a message. This is more common.
I hear a lot of grumbling about numbers that are “not in service”. Another complaint Princess makes often is that mailboxes are full. We have people that won’t answer their phones at all. We have people that answer the phone and say they have no idea who that person is. (????)
My personal favorite is when Princess calls someone and they deny ever having made the appointment. Princess is the only one that makes appointments. So she KNOWS that the person made it. She won’t let anyone but the patient make an appointment. She knows it wasn’t the mom or the husband. I don’t treat Alzheimer’s patients.
Several years ago I instituted a “missed appointment fee”. If you don’t show up, there’s a charge. This covers part of the time we waste when you aren’t here. It’s also a stimulus to keep your visit. I think that’s why people say they have no idea what Princess is talking about.
You can’t be seen until you pay that fee. Most patients have no intention of ever paying it. I’m so sorry. That’s how I get rid of patients who are unreliable. My cardiologist told me I need less stress. This helps me, but I’m a little worried about Princess’s blood pressure.