I Have a Doctor’s Appointment, Not an Assistant’s Appointment

Today I wrote a letter to my neurologist. For posterity's sake, I thought I'd include it here. I'm hoping he responds the way I'd like him to.

My letter to my neurologist

February 16, 2008

Dear Dr. _________,

On March ____ I have an ___ appointment with you. Each time I go to your office, I request to meet with you and only you, even if it means waiting longer to be seen. My request is granted less than half the time. To my frustration, my request seems not to be taken seriously, as more often than not, I find a nurse practitioner at the door to greet me. I realize that your staff is incredibly knowledgeable and often very helpful, but I am not paying to see them. I am paying to see you.

You may recall that I’ve been paying out of pocket for my medical expenses for a couple of years now; the drive from _______ plus the expensive visit is only worth it to me if I meet with just you.

For my upcoming visit, I request that this be the case. If it turns out I meet with a nurse practitioner or other doctor for most of the visit and see you for the remaining few minutes, I will probably start looking for a neurologist closer to my home.

Thanks so much for your time and continued support.



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