Like most people, you want to avoid the consequences of a negligent healthcare provider. One way to do this is to look for specific warning signs and then take your healthcare business elsewhere if you notice them. It is better to possibly risk hurting a doctor’s pride by questioning him or her than to end up worse than you were before the visit. Your symptoms should improve or at least stabilize with treatment. If they don’t and your doctor can’t explain why or insists you’re the one doing something wrong, it is probably best to part ways.
When Your Symptoms and Diagnosis Don’t Match
If the symptoms you present with don’t match the diagnosis your doctor gives you, it could indicate that you have been misdiagnosed. The best thing to do at this point is research your symptoms and their possible causes and then return to your doctor’s office with this information. While you don’t have years of medical training as your doctor does, he or she should be willing to listen to your ideas and explore what you think the problem might be.
Similarly, you may feel that your doctor is suggesting you have a major health condition based on nothing more than a brief observation. Arriving at the right diagnosis is never that easy. It often requires extensive testing to rule out other health conditions as well as collaboration with other medical professionals. It also requires more than a single laboratory test. If a lab test result doesn’t feel right to you, don’t hesitate to have it repeated at another clinic.
Your doctor should provide you with an official diagnosis both orally and in writing. If you notice that your medical chart shows a diagnosis that normally requires a specific test, make sure that you get it. If your doctor can’t answer or becomes defensive when you ask why you didn’t get the test, he or she is putting ego ahead of your well-being.
Attitude is Everything
Even when your doctor has not made any mistakes that you’re aware of, having an indifferent, harsh, or condescending attitude is definitely a warning sign. These attitudes will show in the treatment you receive and could prevent you from receiving the highest quality of care. Having a chaotic, disorganized medical practice is another issue to consider. You may not think it affects your care, but an unorganized doctor is likely to overlook the important details of your care that could lead to medical malpractice.
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