Not all doctors have their patients’ best interests at heart. Many do, of course, but be on the lookout for the few bad apples. Of course, not all bad doctors were always bad. Some of them are just burned out from excessive work and patient load. How it happened is not your concern. Your concern is seeking the very best in health care for yourself and your family. You deserve no less. Here’s a list of warning signs that will tip you off if you are dealing with a bad doctor.
Poor communication is a strong sign of a bad doctor.
Poor communication should be a red flag letting you know that you are talking with a bad doctor. If you want to get the best medical care available, you will want to be absolutely certain your doctor is willing and able to participate in effective, two-way communication. Your doctor should not be in a rush. He should listen to you when you talk about your symptoms, and he should discuss your worries with you. Your doctor should not interrupt you or seem as if he knows what you are going to say before you say it. This kind of thing can cause medical problems to be diagnosed incorrectly or simply missed. It doesn’t matter how busy your doctor is. He should always have time to listen to you and to ask you questions about your symptoms.
For the bad doctor, the prescription is the answer to every medical problem.
Good doctors always consider safer alternatives such as natural solutions and alternative treatments. A bad doctor, on the other hand, will just write you a prescription. Your doctor shouldn’t reach for his prescription pad as the solution to every problem. Of course, sometimes a prescription is just the right thing, but not always. There are a lot of medical conditions that can be successfully resolved through lifestyle change. Slightly elevated blood pressure is an excellent example of just such a condition. Be sure you have all the information regarding all of your treatment options before you accept a prescription medication.
He doesn’t do the things he tells you to do.
A doctor who tells you to eat right and exercise regularly but clearly does not do so himself is clearly not credible. Your doctor may not have a lot of time to go to the gym, but that doesn’t mean he has to have a bunch of junk food and cigarette packages piled up in his trash can. Good doctors are well aware of their obligation to teach by example.
You will still be wondering after he has finished explaining.
You know a bad doctor because he will want to just hand you a prescription and rush off to the next patient. A good doctor will explain your condition and tell you how to treat it. Of course your doctor may not have time to tell you all the history, background, opinions and so forth regarding your condition, but he should have time to tell you everything that is pertinent to you. You need to know your full diagnosis, a list of tests you need, a thorough explanation of treatment, and a list of side effects you may encounter. You should have all your confusion resolved by the time you leave the doctor’s office.
You will not be able to get in touch with him when you need to.
If you have a good doctor, you will be able to contact him when you need to. You should be able to reach your doctor after hours. If you try to reach him on the weekend and get a machine telling you to go to the emergency room, you should start hunting for another doctor. Good doctors take their own calls or take turns with their colleagues so that their patients can always get professional care as needed.
A good doctor will know about the latest conventional medicines and the latest alternative approaches. When you have a doctor who can knowledgeably offer you alternatives, you know you have a good doctor. Don’t let yourself be hurt by the bad practices of a bad doctor.