Dear Dr. Romeo Morales:
Hi! Remember me? I've been a patient of yours for, gosh, at least three or four years now. Time flies, doesn't it? And in just a few months I'm scheduled for my yearly check-up.
Here's the problem, doc - I've got this rash. I've had it for well over a week now, and it's not getting any better; actually, it's getting worse. What was just a nuisance is now extremely painful and a little bit worrisome, what with all this talk about MRSA and all. I really didn't want to have to go to a doctor for this, but I guess it's time. Seeing as how you're my dermatologist, I thought it might be a good idea for you to take a look at it, and because I've been a patient of yours for a while, I was pretty sure I wouldn't have any problem getting an appointment to see you.
So imagine my surprise when I called your office yesterday, and your receptionist bluntly told me that you didn't have any openings until October, and that I'd better go to a walk-in clinic.
HahahahahaNO. I'm not going to a (trying very hard not to swear here) flippin' walk-in clinic, to a doctor I've never seen before in my LIFE, when I have doctors whom I know.
So I called my primary care physician's office, and guess what? He'll see me at 3:45. TODAY. Not October.
Dr. Morales, it pains me a little bit to say this, but you know what? I don't think you're going to be my dermatologist any more. What good does it do to have a doctor who can't see you for MONTHS when you have a problem? What's the use in that?
So, you know, I'm probably gonna cancel that appointment for the check-up. You know, the one in December. Let's see, it's August now, so that's, hmmmm, FOUR MONTHS' NOTICE. Is that far enough ahead for you? No? Too bad, doc. Too bad.