Stefan and I recently went to our doctor in Mayaguez for a routine pregnancy check up and to find out the sex of our baby. Like good patients, we showed up 10 minutes early and checked in for our 11am appointment. We then proceeded to wait. And wait. And wait some more until the doctor finally got around to seeing us nearly 3 HOURS later. By that time, the excitement of finding out the sex of our baby was long gone and we were both just annoyed and sick of waiting. After waiting for so long, the doctor tried to hurry us through the appointment (I got weighed, blood pressure taken and the doctor listened to the babies heartbeat) and she wasn’t even going to do an ultrasound so that we could find out the sex. I insisted being as that is the only reason we were really there (we found out we are having a girl).
Any how, back to my point: doctors appointments in Puerto Rico. Apparently, you’re “appointment” is not an actual appointment at all. The doctor schedules a block of patients for 11am and those patients are supposed to be seen somewhere between 11am and 12pm. The doctor even told us not to bother to show up at the time of our appointment and typically you should show up 30 minutes late and if there are a bunch of people in the waiting room, that you can just leave and reschedule for another time. How stupid is that?! I’ve had much better service at free clinics in on the mainland. SO annoying. I have a feeling that giving birth in Puerto Rico is going to be a nightmare…
Rough Translation of the reception sign:
For your convenience we will be running appointments by the hour. This system will provide the waiting time and comfort in the room. You should come on your assigned hours, not before or after so that all patients can benefit from this system. We appreciate your support and cooperation. If a complication occurs during the day such as a delivery or an emergency, my secretaries will inform you.