Medical technology is raising and with the new findings, come more and more mistakes. Of course, doctors are only human and none of them are perfect, we still would like them to come close. It can be a bit scary to know that medical errors are one of the top leading causes of injury and death in the United States. Statistics show that 44,000 to 90,000 people in the United States die every year from medical errors. That doesn’t even include all of the deaths in other countries due to these careless mistakes. This number seems to huge to be true. When it comes to your medical care, you want to know that you have a trusted doctor with years of medical history to back him or her up. Does your doctor measure up?
It doesn’t matter if you are physically fit and healthy or if you’ve been fighting a chronic illness, everyone needs a physician. Everyone gets sick sometime and having a doctor there for you for your long or short term conditions is vital. Errors will always occur when it comes to the medical field. Technology and new medical advances will always come with new territory. Despite this, there are ways to make sure that you choose a doctor that is worthy of your time and is really determined to help you whether you have a cold or have 30 days to live. Choosing the right doctor is different for everyone. Everyone is looking for something different when it comes to their medical concerns but the basic traits are the same.
I have made a list of some sure signs that you need to drop your doctor and start searching for a new one. When your doctor doesn’t measure up, it’s time to get a second opinion. If your doctor has some of the traits that I’m about to mention below, you should certainly consider finding a new physician for yourself and your family.
Signs That You Should Get a New Doctor
Have you ever gone into a doctor’s office and before you even finish telling him your symptoms, he offers you quick advice? Well, this may work if you just have the common cold but if you feel that it’s something more serious, and he blows you off, drop him. If he has difficulty waiting to speak and listening to your answers, then he is most likely not interested in what you have to say and is not majorly concerned about your well-being. If you doctor records his interpretation of what you are saying before you’ve barely had a chance to explain your situation and your symptoms, then you should consider getting a new doctor.
If your doctor is determined to prescribe your medications, just because they’ve been approved by the F.D.A, even though you explained to him your hesitant on trying something new, drop him. He may not explain what exactly the medication he is giving you is going to treat or why it’s important for your condition. He hurries through the details and doesn’t let you in on the long or short term effects. There may be promotional items around his office with the name of the company’s logo or the medication he is trying to prescribe you, probably just to make a quick buck. These are defiantly signs of a lousy doctor.
If your doctor seems to know less about your condition then you do, this is not usually a good sign. If he is just repeating everything that you say, giving you no advice and basically telling you that he has no clue what you’re talking about, but in “doctors terms” that you don’t understand, he may not be the best choice for you. If you go to your doctor for help, he should be able to help you or get someone who can.
If your doctor appears to lack confidence and does not appear to give you effective treatments or solutions, you should find a new physician. Your doctor should never say to you things like “What do you think we should do in this case?”, or any nonsense questions that show that he is clueless about your condition. Some doctors will keep you as a patient whether they know anything about your condition or not just to make money off of your visits. Consider dropping these types of doctors and finding ones that will work for you.
Drop your doctor if he is never available when you need him. When you need medical attention, it’s usually pretty urgent and you need a doctor that you can depend on. If you’ve left consistent messages with his secretary and he’s never called you back or if it takes you 4 weeks to get a visit with him, find someone better.
If you go and tell your doctor that you are in a lot of pain, and he doesn’t believe you, this shows his unprofessional side. Don’t stay with a doctor that is stingy with pain medication. It’s one thing if you have a history of an addiction to medications but if you are just a normal everyday client and he refuses to give you pain medication for the sheer fact that he doesn’t believe that you’re in pain, then dump him.
If your doctor acts annoyed or differently after you’ve gotten a second opinion, then he’s not right for you. You have the right to see whoever you’d like and if you have a good physician, he should recommend you seeing someone for a second opinion if your hesitant on his answers. He’s not the only one that knows or can find out about your condition and there are certainly doctors that have more experience in your field and that can help you more effectively.
Never hesitate to drop your doctor if you feel that he or she is not living up to your expectations. There are millions of great, professional and experienced physicians out there so don’t stick to someone that you are not comfortable with. Always get a second opinion if you feel that you are unsure about your condition and the answers that your previous doctor gave you. There are too deaths that occur due to medical errors each year and there’s no need for this to happen to you due to a unprofessional doctor.