by Fred Fletcher, Wellness Contributor
These days you cannot take a chance on just any doctor. You need to find a doctor that is not only keeping up with the latest technologies and treatment options, but who is also caring and self-involved. Beyond that, you need to get off the old adage that all doctors are equally-competent; in fact, run away from any physician that is guilty of one or more of the following infractions:
1. Fails to give you a copy of every exam you undergo. You need to keep copies of such documents for your own records. Some doctors think that they have exclusive rights to these records–such doctors, though, might be stuck in the Middle Ages.
2. Is difficult to get a hold of, especially during emergencies. All doctors are busy but, if you are one of his/her patients, that physician needs to make a reasonable effort to attend to your needs.
3. Isn’t consistent on charges. Some doctors think that they can change their prices the way Mother Nature changes the weather. This is, to put it bluntly, unprofessional.
4. Is not familiar with the latest treatment options. Doctors, like other technical professionals, need on-going education. If your doctor does not “prescribe” such sentiments, find another one who is more progressive.
5. Expects you to always follow his/her advice without input, disagreement or criticism. Doctors are not gods. They are sometimes wrong; even if they are not wrong, you have the right to disagree, especially concerning risks you may not want to accept. He/she may be the expert, but it’s your health on the line. Don’t be a vegetable and, if your doctor expects you to be one, find another doctor.
Every doctor today needs to have some sense of humility. Their job is to take care of your health to the best of their ability. Your job is to make sure that they keep up with technology, never violate your rights as a human being and consumer, and provide you with the best service possible. Anything less than that is unacceptable!
Thank you to our friends at Wellness.com for contributing this piece.
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