I consider a decent doctor to be:
Above all, competent?-
Professional (but not necessarily ""friendly"")?
Patient in answering questions?-
Does not make you feel like you are patient #23 in a day of 40+ patients ?- Reasonably accessible for appointments and calls
After a less-than-decent experience last year, I made an appointment with Dr. Rathee. The earliest appointment I could get was over a month away. Due to unexpected travel, I had to cancel the appointment and was given the next available appointment with Dr. Rathee. I looked up the doctor's office online and came across several ratings that almost scared me away, including allegations of unprofessional comments (like the other Yelper here), tacked-on fees for things like lost prescriptions, etc. However, I could not wait another month for an appointment with another practice so I kept it.??
My initial impressions:?The office was clean, bright, conveniently located, and staffed by two friendly receptionists. I waited only 15 minutes, did initial medical workup, and was escorted into the exam room.??Dr. Rathee was professional and, if not very friendly, appeared quite competent. He patiently answered my questions about a particular prescription as well as fielding a question about a pain.
The exam:?The doctor was, at all times, professional, with his assistant remaining in the room during the entire exam. He thoroughly checked me and kept me informed on what he was doing, the purpose of each exam, and what his conclusions were. I experienced nothing more than the usual slight discomfort of a routine gyn exam.??
After-exam:?I had mentioned that I was not fond of my current (gnereic) BCP but would keep on it since my preferred alternative cost almost 5x as much. He agreed that the preferred pill was very expensive. He wrote me a refill for my current generic scrip, after offering me another generic alternative (which I declined) and gave me a free sample pack of the preferred pill. Along with this pack came a savings card offered by the maufacturer that would discount my copay by 50% for a full year of prescriptions (!!!) Needless to say, I was quite happy with that.??
Overall: Dr. Rathee certainly was competent and professional. Since I am not looking to be best friends with my docs, I'm satisfied with his manner and professionalism. I will continue to see him.
Pros: Competent Doctor
Cons: Don't like Gyn Exams