Your doctor is your partner in maintaining good health, so it’s important that he or she is attentive to your needs. When doctors provide poor care patients are directly impacted, either by misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment, or neglect of a serious medical issue. While the following signs don’t necessarily indicate that a doctor is bad, they could interfere with the level of care you’re receiving.
You don’t get to ask questions
Even when a doctor has a busy schedule, all patients must receive time to ask questions during their appointment. Asking questions will help you identify any side effects of treatments, as well as understand why you’re being prescribed a certain medication. Doctors who are unwilling to provide time for questions are depriving their patients of essential medical knowledge. They’re also setting a dangerous precedent for future visits since the patient is likely to stop asking questions altogether.
You’re not questioned about medications you’re currently taking
Drug interactions can be deadly in some cases. That’s why all doctors are encouraged to review a patient’s medical history when prescribing any new treatments. Doctors should also inquire about over the counter drugs you’re taking, including supplements and vitamins. This is the only way to prevent a potentially dangerous drug interaction from occurring.
You’ve been subject to a damaging misdiagnosis
Mistakes do happen, but when medical mistakes seriously endanger your health the proper action should be taken. The first step is to speak with an independent patient advocate, who is an impartial third party who will help you deal with your case. If you can’t receive a reasonable resolution, the next step is to speak with a medical malpractice attorney to discuss filing a lawsuit.