You know what it’s like at the end of a workday.
Everyone wants to go home!
Often, it’s great. As a customer, you’ve got to love it when they cut the price of baked goods before they close up. Or they spring a surprise two for one on you, so they have less to pack up at closing time.
But there’s one time where being the last one through the door can backfire on you.
And that’s at your doctor’s office. Because let’s face it, they’re NOT cutting prices on tongue depressors or hernia checks.
But studies show they ARE cutting corners in other ways.
And there’s one trick they often pull to wrap up fast at the end up of a long day at the clinic that could have terrifying repercussions. And its impact could last for the rest of your life.
Opioid prescriptions SOAR at the close of the day
When you have pain, you need a doc who has a little time to help you figure out both the cause AND the best way to beat it.
I’ll admit it’s not always easy. It requires a doc who is three things at once:
But when a doctor is rushed?
Even the best of the lot can’t really nail down the cause – and as a result, new research finds many of them don’t bother to try.
And you where that leads, right? Yep straight down the path to a prescription painkiller.
And it’s not just any old meds either… it’s often the worst of the lot. Opioids.
In fact, pain patients who see a doctor late in the day are 33 percent more likely to get an opioid prescription than the early-risers who visit in the morning.
Pretty much the same thing happens when docs are behind schedule too. When they’re running an hour late, patients are 17 percent more likely to leave the office with a dangerous opioid prescription.
In other words, whether they realize it or not, they’re using meds not to help the patients… but to help THEM get back on schedule.
Gotta run – here’s a prescription for a lifetime of addiction and misery!
Avoid the “end of a day” painkiller danger
This is just one example, mind you.
There are others with doctors and specialists alike, with numerous studies showing how they tend to wear out as the day wears on.
One study a few years back found doctors who perform colonoscopies are much more likely to spot polyps early in the morning than late in the day.
The bottom line? If you CAN, avoid late-day appointments.
But I get it. That’s not always possible.
So if you’re in the exam room right around closing time – or, worse yet, if you’re that last guy in the clinic on a day when they’re running an hour behind schedule – make sure they slow down and give you the time, attention, and care you deserve.
If you don’t think they gave that to you… if you feel rushed, dismissed, or ignored… schedule a follow-up appointment. And make it early. Plus, consider holding off on filling any new prescriptions until you feel satisfied.