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amother
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Post Thu, Nov 16 2023, 10:28 am
So DC needs an appointment with a specialist.
There are 2 we were recommended.
The one we really want has an availability in 3 months.
Is it ok if I make an appointment with the 2nd specialist if they have one sooner and if there a cancelation with the one we really want and am able to get a sooner appointment, cancel the 2nd one?

Hope my post makes sense.
I just want to do the right thing...
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Amarante




 
 
    
 

Post Thu, Nov 16 2023, 10:32 am
Yes - people cancel doctor's appointments all the time and generally doctors have a busy schedule so filling the appointment is not issue.

However you need to do it in a timely manner - many doctors charge if you cancel an appointment the same day or with insufficient notice. And cancelling on short notice would be rude - there should be enough time for them to schedule people who are waiting for a cancellation.

Just ask the clerk what their cancellation policy is and of course cancel as soon as possible if you get the other appointment.
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amother
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Post Thu, Nov 16 2023, 10:33 am
Amarante wrote:
Yes - people cancel doctor's appointments all the time and generally doctors have a busy schedule so filling the appointment is not issue.

However you need to do it in a timely manner - many doctors charge if you cancel an appointment the same day or with insufficient notice.

Just ask the clerk what their cancellation policy is and of course cancel as soon as possible if you get the other appointment.


Right, I definitely don't want to cancel same day or too late.

Thank you for chiming in!
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chocolate moose




 
 
    
 

Post Thu, Nov 16 2023, 4:38 pm
we also do this.
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amother
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Post Thu, Nov 16 2023, 4:41 pm
I work in a doctor office and patients do it all the time.
But please try to give 48 hours notice.
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notshanarishona




 
 
    
 

Post Thu, Nov 16 2023, 5:33 pm
It’s extremely common, especially with specialists with long waits . I don’t think there is anything wrong as long as you communicate yo cancel well in advance.
Kind of like I needed an electrician to get our power fixed , I called one I usually use, who was only able to come after a week. I tentatively booked him and kept on calling. I got someone else who could come the next day so as soon as our power was fixed I canceled on the first one. I did have every intention to use him if I hadn’t found someone sooner and would have kept the appointment if needed, I don’t think it’s dishonest.
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