How much time do you spend waiting for health care?
- You call your doctor’s office and get put on hold, waiting to talk to someone.
- You schedule an appointment that you wait days or weeks for.
- You go to the office and wait minutes or hours to be called back to the exam room.
- You may decide to leave rather than wait hours for care in an emergency room.
I have waited for medical care too, from both sides, as a patient and as a doctor. Physicians also wait-
- for lab results
- for xray and scan reports
- for consultants to call or send evaluation findings
- for insurance companies to pay claims
- for prior authorizations for surgery and medications to be approved
We all have to wait and it usually isn’t by choice or pleasant.
The Bible talks about waiting in this passage –
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.
Other Bible versions translate the word “wait” as
- “trust”- NLT and HCSB
- “expect, look for, hope” -AMPL
I think it’s easier to wait when you expect, hope and, trust that waiting will lead to a good outcome, your problem will be solved, your illness will be successfully treated, your pain eased, your sorrow resolved.
Sometimes waiting teaches us valuable lessons that we might otherwise not know.
Please read this poignant post from Martin Wiles about how visits to hospital emergency rooms changed his perspective on waiting. It might change yours also.
“Waiting rooms have taught me life is unfair. When I see people who don’t have and can’t afford insurance. When I see people who’ve been abused by others or who’ve had crimes committed against them. And when I see people addicted to drugs who are making a visit to get a pain fix. Or when I see bodies mangled by wrecks.”
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