October 12, 2013

October 12, 2013

9 Signs You Should Fire Your Doctor
Part 2

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope you had a beary safe and great week. It is another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me as we head off for our next event.

This week, I blogged about how to find the right doctor. So yesterday I started blogging about nine signs you should fire your doctor that I will finish today.

6. You don't feel comfortable with him, or wonder about his competence. Doctors need to know intimate details you may not even share with friends or family members. If you're unable to disclose such facts, you and your doctor may not be the right match. A sense of unease about his decisions and recommendations, even if you can't say exactly why, is also a perfectly legitimate reason for cutting the cord, says Don Powell, president of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, a nonprofit that promotes healthy behavior through wellness programs and publications. Beware of sloppy medical mistakes, too: If your doctor prescribes a medication to which you're allergic, and you know that information is in your history, a separation may be in order.

7. He doesn't coordinate with other doctors. Your primary care physician should be the quarterback of your healthcare team, managing each step of the medical process. That means keeping track of specialists' reports and instructions and talking with you about their recommendations. If he's slacking, an important piece of your care could slip through the cracks.

8. He's unreachable. A good doctor is available for follow up questions and concerns. I recall the time my husband developed severe tooth pain on a weekend. His dentist's voice mail included a cell phone number and a promise of a quick response, but he never heard back. An emergency clinic visit and root canal later, he told his dentist she was fired. A growing number of doctors are making themselves available to patients via E-mail, text message, and Skype, and at the very least, you need to know that in an emergency, you won't be left hanging.

9. He's rude or condescending. Time to part ways. Same goes if he trivializes your concerns as though they're not valid. One of the clearest signs you should move on is if he walks out of the room while you're still talking. That's what happened when my brother met with a surgeon to determine if his daughter should go through with a procedure. When my brother finished asking his question, the doctor was gone. He called me afterward and I told him, 'You have to find someone else. You'll regret it if you don't.'

Hope these tips help you know if the doctor you using is right for you or not. You deserve the best care you can get. Hope you have a beary safe and great start to your weekend!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab