When to Fire Your Doctor
CNN has a list of suggestions for when to fire your doctor, with these five criteria:
1) When your doctor doesn’t like it when you ask questions
2) When your doctor doesn’t listen to you
3) If your doctor can’t explain your illness to you in terms you understand
4) If you feel bad when you leave your doctor’s office
5) If you feel your doctor just doesn’t like you — or if you don’t like him or her
Each of these is important advice. If your doctor takes it as an affront when you ask questions, bring information on your own to talk over regarding your condition, or doesn’t take you seriously, dump him or her – maintaining authority shouldn’t be more important than your needs for care and information. It may feel uncomfortable to tell your doctor you’d like to seek care elsewhere, but sometimes it is necessary, and it’s something you have every right to do. I’ve mentioned before that my first endocrinologist simply didn’t believe the severity of my symptoms, and suggested that I was no more tired than his nurses – changing doctors in that case was the only way for me to get treatment. I know we’re conditioned to accept a doctor’s expertise and be polite, good patients, but at those social expectations aren’t nearly as important as making sure your health is appropriately managed. Sometimes, you just have to let ’em go.