This morning I got a consult at my local hospital. So I drag myself out of bed on a quiet Sunday, tell my kids I'll be back in a while, and drive in.
I get there around 8 a.m. to find a little old lady in a hospital bed, with the room otherwise empty. I introduce myself, and ask her what her symptoms are, etc.
After about 2 minutes she says she doesn't want to see someone in my specialty, and asks me to leave. Great. So I politely leave, write a brief note in the chart to document that I was there, and that the patient refused my services. And then, ticked about the waste of time and gas, go home.
10 minutes after I got home another doc goes in to see the patient, and asks her why she refused my consult. The patients husband has shown up at this point, and told the other doc that he'd been there since 6 a.m. (there was NO ONE but the patient when I got there), that no other doc had been in the room, and that they'd never refused any consult. He told the other doc that my documentation was all a lie. And the patient, of course, defers to whatever her husband says. So the other doc calls me.
WHY THE HELL WOULD I HAVE GONE INTO A HOSPITAL ON A SUNDAY MORNING JUST TO WRITE A NOTE IN THE CHART SAYING THAT NO ONE WANTED ME! I DON'T GET PAID TO NOT SEE PATIENTS!
And that's why your doctor may be grumpy today.