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!)
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.
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.
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.