How do you feel about your doctor? Are you unhappy with the way you are treated at the office, or you do question their advice? Having trust in what your doctor tells you is important, and if you have lost your trust for them, you might be wondering what to do.
Poor Bedside Manner
Having a good bedside manner is an important trait in all doctors. However, there are many doctors today who do not seem to have this trait. If you notice that the doctor keeps interrupting you, keeps looking at the clock, does not make eye contact, or is rude, their bedside manner is severely lacking. If you have a doctor who does these things consistently, there is a good chance that their patients are not the first thing on their mind. This is a sure sign that you need to see someone else.
Long Wait Times and No Apology
Everyone has had to wait in the doctor’s office at one point or another. It happens. There could be an emergency, or another patient might have some questions for the doctor. However, doctors that routinely show up late and that offer no sincere apology are not thinking about the value of your time. If the doctor does not acknowledge the wait, this could be a chronic problem. Your time is valuable, and you cannot continue going to a doctor that wastes it. After all, they would not be pleased if you were late to the appointment.
Not Keeping Up to Date
If you have done more research than the doctor in a viable form of medicine or treatment, it could be a sign that they are not keeping up with the advances in the world of medicine. In some cases, the doctor may have looked at the treatment and dismissed it because there was not enough solid research behind it. If that’s the case, they are at least trying to keep abreast of changes in the medical field. If they are still using antiquated methods to treat you, though, it might mean they do not keep up to date with their field and that is a bad sign.
While the doctor might be fantastic, if they have a rude and disrespectful staff, you will find that visiting the office is a nightmare. You do not want to go to a place where they treat you poorly. If the staff ignores you or says anything that you consider rude, you should mention it to the doctor. While it is true that everyone has a bad day and they might not have meant it, this type of behavior can become a chronic problem if nothing is done. That is not the type of environment you would want to frequent, so consider finding another doctor.
If you have a doctor that continually calls and cancels your appointments for one reason or another, it is certainly time to look for a new provider. Not only is your time valuable, but your medical care is important. An occasional cancellation could happen, but if you notice that the cancellations are commonplace, start looking for another doctor.
Not Listening to Your Concerns
There are still some doctors that feel as if their job is only to diagnose and spout instructions at you. These doctors may not be listening to you and your needs and concerns. They might not take your concerns seriously, and they may not bother to explain things to you. Whether you have questions about the medication you are prescribed, the treatment regimen you are supposed to follow, or anything else to do with your care, it is their job to listen. You are the patient, and they need to listen to your concerns.
Decisions Caused Harm
This is one of the most serious and egregious problems that you or a loved one might have to face. Sometimes, doctors may provide a course of treatment, medication, or a procedure that is supposed to help you. However, it may cause harm instead. There are a number of reasons that this could have happened, but it is not something you can take lightly. You are dealing with your health and your life. If a doctor has risked your safety as a patient, you can no longer trust that doctor, and you will want to find someone new.
At The Doctors Center, we understand that the needs of patients are vital to their health and the changing demands that they have. We work hard to continually improve our processes and procedures to provide you with the best care possible.