Thursday, May 9, 2013

And you couldn't use your 1 phone call?

Mary: "Dr. Grumpy's office, this is Mary."

Mr. Bar: "Yeah, this is Don Bar. I'm a new patient, and I need to reschedule my appointment from last month."

Mary: "Okay... It looks like you had an appointment last month, that you no-showed."

Mr. Bar:  "That's why I need to reschedule it."

Mary: "I'm sorry, but we have a strict policy for new patients who no-show and don't call at the time. You can't be rescheduled, and will have to ask your doctor to refer you to another neurologist."

Mr. Bar: "I was in jail, and just got out."

17 comments:

Mal said...

Strict policy about that too?

Julie said...

mmm how strict is that policy?

PediNP said...

So did you let him reschedule?

Kristy said...

Really Epic!

Ms. Donna said...

Do you want this pt.?

Medic2RN said...

Well, they do let you make one phone call.....

Anonymous said...

maybe he used the 1 phone call to call someone to bail him out?

Don said...

I was working night shift in a hotel, had a guy come in about 7pm, pay cash for a room, then left

About 9pm, he called said he was in jail, wouldn't be back, could I get his suitcase from his room, he would pick it up at the front counter in the morning.

Packer said...

I am starting to see why you are not drawing the crème de la crème
of the patient crop, your gatekeeper makes up stupid policies.

Your Doctor's Wife said...

That's exactly why that policy is in place.

Anonymous said...

"By the way, do you accept Community Chest cards?"

Hildy said...

The funniest part of this anecdote is the headline.

Lin said...

Long story, but I've actually been arrested and the 1 phone call thing is just in the movies/tv. In real life its more complicated. You can't call cell phones, and you have to either call land line numbers collect IF you get access to a phone. For those that actually do jail time (I didn't) I think it depends on the specific jail whether or not they have access to a phone, and again its either collect only, or purchase phone cards from commissary.

Packer said...

@Lin, yeah yeah bout the phone, what we want to know is What you did to get arrested.

Lin said...

Lol. Ok, I told you long story...

It started when someone hit me, pulled out for a left turn and caused an accident. In Indiana in addition to proof of insurance in the car, there's a specific form your insurance company has to send in for proof of insurance. I didn't realize my insurance company didn't do this.

Down the line... I get pulled over because my left tail light is out. Find out my license was suspended for lack of insurance (I've never had a gap in my car insurance since I got my license at 16!) so I had to go to court on the matter, and they actually wanted to charge me with a misdemeanor or something so I was fighting it, which is an incredibly long process.

During this, I moved. I didn't know the fact that court mail doesn't get forwarded when you do change of address at the post office, you have to contact the court specifically. So then, one of my roommates is fricken insane, seriously the craziest person I've met in my life... I was in the process of moving again, was moving belongings one night she went nuts and so me and my other roommate ended up calling the cops on her. The cops end up removing her from the house and say she's not allowed to return for 24 hours to give us enough time to finish moving out. After removing her... They come up to me and apologize and say when they ran my information there was a warrant for my arrest, under "failure to appear" for a court date. They arrested me, I had to spend overnight sitting at the "processing center" for people who get arrested in Indianapolis, moved over to the county jail, wait for them to get ahold of the city of Lafayette where the warrant was from, and then release me with a new court date.

It was a pretty shitty experience. And to top everything else off, my roommate had to finish moving all of my belongings for me since I was in jail.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Donna, criminals need doctors too.

Aeris said...

Holy shit, Lin. That's all I got. And they wonder why we don't have faith in cops or the legal system. Let's punish people that actually contribute to society in a meaningful way with random traffic tickets because you "rolled through a stop sign" or "my insurance is stupid", and not, say, oh, those dudes down the hall cooking meth but they "don't have enough evidence to enter their premises."

No, uh, relation to real life or anything. All similarities to real persons or events are purely coincidental....

 
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