Please let us have more articles like "Waiting for the Test Results," [Health, Sept. 7]. Such articles might alert well-meaning doctors and their assistants to the problems in dealing with patients.
We've all had experiences such as those described by Melanie Patt-Corner of urgent calls to get in touch. I was once summoned in person to a doctor's office across town (which meant I had to be properly dressed, take a bus and give up part of a day of freelance work) just to be told I was not a candidate for ovarian cancer! "It's so much better to talk in person," said the doctor.
There's also the question of whose time is more important -- the doctor's or the patient's. I've been asked to "come in early to get the paperwork out of the way before the appointment" and then waited 40 minutes to see the doctor -- who complained that he was already late for some appointment elsewhere. (I didn't go back.)
On the other hand, I'll always remember fondly the doctor who told me to come in, after a diagnosis of breast cancer, "just to talk." I was not then at the point of wanting to talk, but I sure appreciated the opportunity to do so.
HELEN LILLIE MARWICK