Your relationship with your doctor has an effect on the quality of the health care you receive. A doctor that is uninterested in your needs or one that rushes you through an appointment is more likely to provide a delayed or misdiagnosis, which can gravely impact your health. If you are unhappy with the quality of the care you are currently receiving, Everyday Health explains some common red flags that signal it is time for a new doctor.
You have already been misdiagnosed
A misdiagnosis is a big deal and the way your doctor responds to mistakes is telling. It is a sad fact that many doctors do not disclose to their patients when a mistake has been made, which indicates that the health care provider is more concerned about litigation than the state of your health. Mistakes are common, but within the medical field. they can be deadly. If you have experienced errors with diagnosis in the past with your doctor, it is a good idea to start looking for a second opinion on care.
Your doctor discourages you from seeking a second opinion
It is your right as a patient to seek out alternate medical guidance, especially when you are diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening ailment. Additionally, your doctor should encourage you to get as much information as possible, as this allows you to play a proactive role in your health and well-being. Doctors who discourage patients from seeking out another opinion may believe they are the final authority on medical matters. This hubris is not only inappropriate in the medical profession, but it can also be damaging to your health.
You feel confused after appointments
You should leave a doctor’s appointment feeling well-informed and aware of the next steps. If you are confused or feel as though your questions have not been sufficiently answered, this is a very bad sign. Medical staff must take the time to properly explain your diagnosis, as well as your treatment options. Those who are reluctant to do so are displaying dangerous arrogance, or in the very least are too busy to address your concerns appropriately.