30 Signs To Replace One’s Doctor

15. Others Have Left Negative Reviews About Your Doctor This is especially important if those negative reviews correspond with issues that you are having with your… Trista - June 28, 2019

15. Others Have Left Negative Reviews About Your Doctor

This is especially important if those negative reviews correspond with issues that you are having with your doctor. No, you shouldn’t trust every Yelp review to be accurate. Some people really do have bad days and take their frustration out on whoever stands in the way. They may leave a bad review out of spite.

But if you are resonating with negative reviews that someone else left about your physician, then you may need to find a new one. Don’t tough it out just to find out of these other people are right. If they are saying the same things that you are seeing for yourself, then there is a problem. The solution is to find a new doctor.


16. The Waiting Room Gives You Bad Vibes

Waiting rooms aren’t meant to be exciting places, but they do reflect your doctor’s approach to healthcare. Are there old, outdated magazines that are dirty? Does a glass screen separate you from the receptionist, making you feel right away that there isn’t much openness between patients and the doctor? Or is there free Wi-Fi, ample lighting, and informative posters and magazines?

If the receptionist immediately offers you a bottle of water or another complementary snack, then your doctor is probably very patient-centered. If not, then you may need to look for another one. Not necessarily one that offers bottles of water in the waiting room, but one who is clearly patient-oriented.


17. The Office Staff Is Rude And Unprofessional

Do you have a hard time reaching the receptionist to schedule an appointment? Do you feel that he or she is rude or condescending to you over the phone? If your first point of contact with the doctor is unpleasant, then odds are, your doctor isn’t too concerned about how comfortable you feel during your visit.

Having a professional office staff should be a priority for any self-respecting physician. The receptionist needs to either take your call or immediately return it and be prepared to either schedule you in or get you on the phone with the doctor. If that isn’t the case with your doctor’s office, you may need to find a new doctor whose philosophy is geared towards the patient’s comfort and satisfaction.


18. Your Doctor Doesn’t Take Your Ideas Into Consideration

Maybe you are hesitant about beginning a new medication and would prefer to try a lifestyle change instead, like getting more exercise. Perhaps you are concerned about the potential side effects, but he or she doesn’t seem too worried about your concerns. Doctors who have nothing to hide will be prepared to address your concerns and take your ideas into consideration.

Maybe you think that your symptoms could be pointing to something other than what your physician is suggesting, but he or she doesn’t take your thoughts seriously. But you are the patient, and you are the one experiencing the symptoms. If your doctor doesn’t put your ideas into consideration, it may be time to find a new one.


19. Your Doctor Is Not Accessible

No one should expect a doctor to be available 24/7. However, you should be able to reach your doctor or someone else who is on-call, at reasonable hours or within a reasonable time frame. Some doctors have an on-call service but don’t respond; they may just suggest that you head to the emergency room if you feel that you need urgent attention.

If you do go to the emergency room, your doctor needs to know ASAP so that he or she can coordinate with the ER doctors. If you spend days trying to reach your physician because you have an urgent concern that you need to discuss, then you may need to find another doctor.


20. Your Doctor Disregards What You Find Online

Your physician would be much amiss to rely on Doctor Google for your diagnosis. After all, he or she did work hard to go through medical school and get licensed to practice medicine. That said, if you have found something on WebMD or another site that you think does bear some attention, your doctor should at least humor you and look at the information.

While you shouldn’t spend hours Googling your symptoms (you will usually come up with a worst-case scenario), if your doctor disregards everything you find online, you may need to find a new doctor. What you discover online may or may not be valuable, but at the very least, if your doctor is not listening to what you are saying, then that is a huge red flag.


21. Your Doctor Can’t Answer Questions Your About Insurance

Healthcare is expensive, and your doctor needs to understand how insurance is processed at his or her practice. Your insurance company may not always give you straight answers, but your doctor needs to be able to advocate for you to the company and get you as much coverage as possible.

If your doctor can’t answer your questions about insurance, that’s not just a sign that he or she isn’t knowledgeable about that industry. He or she probably isn’t keeping up-to-date in other areas, as well. If your doctor can’t answer your questions about insurance, you may need to find a new doctor.


22. Your Doctor Dismisses Any Form of Alternative Treatment

Maybe your physician rushes to write you a prescription for antibiotics when you want to try taking probiotics instead. Perhaps you are tired of medicinal side effects and want to look into ways to decrease your regular medication through diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes. Does your doctor listen to your concerns?

Or do you feel foolish after talking about a supplement that you want to try out or an alternative treatment, like massage therapy, nutritional therapy, or acupuncture, that you want to experiment with? Alternative therapies can be valuable, but if your doctor dismisses them, you may need to find a new doctor.


23. Your Doctor Doesn’t Make Eye Contact

Plenty of people feel like a trip to the doctor’s office is not all that different from a trip to a drive-through. They get to the doctor’s office, and after waiting interminably for the doctor actually to show up, he or she spends the whole time looking at medical notes without even looking up at you.

How is your doctor supposed to understand what is going on if he or she doesn’t even make eye contact and talk with you? Your doctor’s visit should not feel like a visit to the McDonald’s drive-through. If your physician doesn’t make eye contact during a checkup, then you may need to find a new one.


24. Your Doctor Doesn’t Talk With Nurses

Doctors only spend a few minutes with patients. Nurses are the ones who really know what is going on because they spend significantly more time with patients. If your doctor doesn’t make time to talk with the nurses to better understand what is going on with his or her patients, then he or she probably doesn’t know what is going on.

Worse, if your doctor thinks that he or she is too important to waste time dealing with nurses, then he or she is probably too self-important to really care about what is going on with you. If your physician doesn’t talk with nurses, then it is perhaps time to find a new doctor.


25. Your Doctor Doesn’t Use Electronic Medical Records

Electronic Medical Records, or EMRs, are an incredibly valuable tool in making sure that all of your medical information is easily accessible and can be shared with all of your healthcare professionals. Most doctors have adopted them, but there is one category of doctors that primarily have not: those that overly prescribe opioids and other prescriptions, feeding the current addiction crisis.

The use of EMRs can help immensely in addressing the opioid addiction. Doctors can immediately look to see how many opioid prescriptions someone has had and determine if that individual is addicted. If your doctor does not use EMRs, there is a possibility that he or she is part of the problem. You may need to find a new doctor.


26. Your Doctor Prescribes Medication Too Easily

We all know that doctors can get kickbacks for how many prescriptions they write for a particular medication. But you are not a kickback, and your doctor should not look at you as such. You are a patient and need help with a health issue. That help may come in the form of medication, but it may also come in the form of a referral to a specialist or recommendation of lifestyle changes.

In a perfect world, doctors would not be able to get any kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies. But since we don’t live in an ideal world, we have to be aware of what can potentially be going on if the doctor prescribes medication too quickly. If your doctor only writes prescriptions for medicines without any other suggestions, then you may need to find a new doctor.


27. Your Doctor Doesn’t Check Your Records Before Prescribing Medication

One of the most common medical malpractice mistakes is wrongly prescribing medication. Some medications react with each other and can cause serious issues. Additionally, receiving the wrong dosage – based on topics like weight, family history, and medical history – can produce toxic results.

The easiest way to prevent these problems, which are usually entirely preventable, is for your doctor to check your medical records before writing a prescription. He or she needs to see precisely what medications you have been on or are currently on, what your family history is, and what conditions you may have that could be exacerbated by a particular drug. If your physician doesn’t do so, then you need to find a new doctor.



28. There Are A Lot Of Ads For Medications In Your Doctor’s Office

Salespeople from prescription companies routinely visit doctors’ offices, trying to show all the new medications and offer perks for doctors that prescribe them. Doctors can even sometimes get royalties for advertising for different medicines. But since when should your doctor’s office become a walk-in advertisement?

Medication can help you out in some situations, but it won’t create a lifestyle of wellness. If there are a lot of ads for drugs in your doctor’s office, that could be a red flag that he or she is getting a lot of kickbacks from prescription companies. You may need to find a new doctor.


29. Your Doctor Thinks You Are Faking It

Yes, there are plenty of problems with people who pretend to be sick so that they can get their doctors to write them new prescriptions for medications that they are addicted to. But if you suffer from a chronic illness, like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue, and you are having a hard time getting your doctor to take you seriously, your overall health and well-being are at stake.

Plenty of doctors don’t think that fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are even real things. While your physician shouldn’t over-diagnose people – like by saying that all particularly active kindergartners have ADHD – if your doctor thinks that you are faking it when what you really need is medical help, then you may need to find a new doctor.


30. You Found A Better Doctor

If you have found a better doctor, one who you feel more comfortable with, who takes the time to answer your questions thoughtfully, and who looks at the bigger picture of your health rather than just isolated incidents that send you to his or her office, then that is the most significant sign that you should fire your current doctor.

Don’t stay with your current physician just because you have been there for a long time. Your health should be your number one priority, and if you have found a doctor who will advocate for it, then you should stick with it. That is, unless or until you start noticing some problems, in which case you will need to find another doctor.