You rely on your doctor to keep you healthy and to listen to your concerns. But what if you feel like your doctor is not right for you? While it’s tempting to keep the status quo, sometimes it’s time to move on and find a better doctor. Here are some signs to look for when deciding whether you should find a new doctor.
You Don’t Feel Comfortable with Your Doctor
You need to be able to work together with your doctor, and this can be difficult if you don’t feel comfortable with them. If you feel like your doctor is judging you or if your personalities clash it may be difficult to be honest with your doctor and to come to them with your concerns. A sense of unease about recommendations and decisions can also be a legitimate reason for moving on.
Your Doctor Doesn’t Have Time for You
When you visit your doctor, you should never feel like you’re being rushed. If your doctor doesn’t take sufficient time to answer your questions, address your concerns, and explain things to you, then there is a problem.
Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You What’s Going On
Your doctor should always be open and honest with you when it comes to your health. They should also educate you about treatment recommendations and diagnoses. A doctor should also explain to you why certain tests are being ordered and share the results with you. It’s important that the doctor uses terms you understand, or the explanation is meaningless. It is essential that you understand what is going on with your health. When a doctor keeps you in the dark, it may be time to move on.
Your Doctor Doesn’t Listen
If your doctor doesn’t hear you out without interrupting, then there may be a communication problem. A doctor should listen to you, especially when you are providing them with your health history or an explanation of your symptoms. A doctor who isn’t listening may not be getting the whole story and might miss an important piece. This can lead to misdiagnosis and medical errors.
It’s Hard to See Your Doctor
If it’s increasingly difficult to get an appointment with your doctor or your doctor is frequently running late, it may mean that your doctor is over-worked and over-extended. If you have to wait months for an appointment or routinely spend an hour in the waiting room, then you may need to find someone else with more time.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
If you’ve been injured by a doctor’s negligence, you should have an experienced medical malpractice attorney evaluate your case. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping injured New Yorkers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.