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30 Signs To Replace One’s 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… Trista - June 28, 2019
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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