How does your doctor measure up. Is he ready and willing to take the time to discuss all your health issues? Does he explain everything in terms you can understand? If you have lost trust in your doctor’s judgement, it’s time to find a new doctor, one who will listen to your concerns and give you a feeling of confidence in his or her ability. A strong patient-doctor relationship is a must for your peace of mind and your good health.
Even the best of doctors have a bad day occasionally but he or she should always take time to listen to your complaints and answer your questions. It’s a very good idea to take out your notepad and jot down information your doctor gives you. You may think you will remember, but often times you wont. If your doctor speaks in medical jargon, have him explain in terms you can understand. If your doctor ever treats you in a demeaning manner, drop him and get another one. After all, you are paying him for his time. We all want to believe our doctor is the best but if you have to spend hours in the waiting room and have to keep calling in for test results, he isn’t the doctor for you. You may be sacrificing good care for reputation. It doesn’t matter how poplar your doctor is if you don’t get the care you need and are entitled to.
If your doctor wants you to have tests you are not comfortable with, speak up. Ask him what is the worst scenario if you don’t have the test. A good doctor will take your concerns into consideration instead of railroading you into unnecessary tests. The doctors office staff is a big part of your health care. If you notice mistakes, and scheduling mix ups, speak to your doctor about it. If nothing happens you might want want to make a change in your health provider. Incompetence should never be endured.
Beware of a doctor who thinks he can do everything from treating a pain in your back to removing a skin cancer. If he doesn’t think a specialist can have a better prospective on your treatment, he has ego issues. Be suspicious of a doctor who is always anxious to write a prescription for every little thing. Your doctor can and should advise you about such things as losing weight or restless nights without ordering medications. Often all you need is a few words of reassurance.
When looking for a doctor, ask friends and family for referrals. Once you have names check out the American Board of Internal Medicine website. www.abim.org Make sure doctors are board certified which means they are current on new research and treatments. Look at their professional associations such as the American College of Physicians for internists: the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists or ob-gyns.