If you live in New Jersey and you hate the long wait times in a doctor's office, I have bad news and good news. The bad news is according to a recent analysis, New Jersey has longer wait times than the national average. The good news is...I was only kidding, there is no good news.

According to NJ.com, the average time to see your doctor is nearly twenty minutes in the Garden State. That's nearly identical to Jersey's wait time 7 years ago, so little has improved. If it's any consolation, there are certain types of doctors that keep you waiting the least. They are...



child psychologists

radiation oncologists

plastic surgeons

If you're at your family doctor during flu season however, lots of luck. A major problem in my opinion is the double and triple booking. I've known many people who have worked in the offices of doctors who are on the front lines of the complaints, and they've told me their bosses are notorious for overbooking. I have no idea why doctors feel this is okay to do, other than that since everyone seems to do it they feel they can get away with it.

I recall once I had the first appointment of the day at 8:30. I was there five minutes early. They put me right in the room. Then I sat there until 8:55. The walls were paper thin and I heard the doctor arrive for work saying good morning to everyone. Then I heard him talking about how he was running late because he'd had too much to drink the night before and how he was hungover. He apparently didn't know I could hear this. When he was done with the exam I brought up the wait. He lied and told me in the most sincere voice how there had been an emergency at the hospital. I threw it right back at him and told him I had heard everything. All he said is, "Well I guess you've got me then." I never went back.

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