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Sometimes visits to doctors are planned, to discuss specific health concerns, yearly check-ups, etc., whereas other times, visits are unplanned due to illness that comes suddenly.

In cases when a doctor's visit is planned, do you take the time to make an appointment, or do you still make us of the walk-in options?

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90% of the time, I just walk up the street 5 mins, and walk in and ask to see a doctor.
Last week I had to also make a appointment to see a lady doctor, she was busy.
( because she is very good with certain issues.)
Normally, never need to make an appointment.
We have no idea how lucky we are in this amazing country to be able to do just that!
Plus bulk-bill!...wow :)
I ring up first to make an appointment. My surgery does not do walk ins. Generally though if my family are unwell I will try a homeopathic or ayervedic remedy first and then if that doesn't help I'll make an appointment. Too many people go to the doctor's for little things like the common cold, when the body should be left to fight it off. We also live only 10 minutes away from the hospital if there is an emergency.
I always make an appointment. Even if it is something urgent that just came up I ring ahead and advise of the issue and ask if they could possibly squeeze me in. I hate waiting, especially if I have one or both of the kids with me, so I prefer to have an appointment (even though that generally means I still have to wait!)
We don't have walk in options. You have to make an appointment if you want to see your GP.
When visint our family doctor, we always make an appointment in advance. I don't think they usually accept walk-ins. If going to a medical centre, I call in advance as well.
by Vee
I have a Doctor that I trust with my health, and is in popular demand. So whether it be a check up or something more serious I make an appointment. If it is urgent my Doctor will talk on the phone and work out if I need to go to hospital instead.
I almost always only do walk-ins, unless I have to see a specialist (dentist, etc.). The drawback is that I have to see whichever doctor is available.
Make an appointment - my dr is unreal and thus very difficult to get into...
There is no walk in option at my doctor's surgery, you need an appointment unless you have an emergency.
At the medical centre I attend it is all walk in unless you've been referred to one of the specialists attending there. My doctor works on certain days and has told me the best times to visit him which should help avoid long waiting times.
Always make an appointment, although don't know why I bother. At the medical centre I go to, would never get in to an appt as just a 'walk-in', way too busy. Never get taken 'on time'!

Last Friday, appt was for 4:00pm. Dr called me 'in' at 4:55pm.

This is one reason I've always a book to read, music to listen to through my NC headset, or make use of this here ITablet!

At least Dr had the manners to apologise.
I used to have a Dr I always had to make appointments with, & then wait 1 &1/2hrs sometimes to see her, way back before we had laptops etc! Now we go elsewhere to a medical centre, & just walk in. It's usually only a 1/2 wait, sometimes less. I had my daughter visiting, about 6 years ago & our granddaughter aged 2, who wasn't feeling well, so my husband & I took them to out local medical centre. We didn't know we had to make a booking! The staff were very helpful though, & sent us to a female Dr in the next suburb, & she saw us in about 15 minutes. All was well in the end.
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