There is a lot of noise being made about patients being proactive and weeding out bad doctors. It pays to take such advice with a grain of salt since certain patients have a tendency to be “difficult” and, true to stereotype, complain the loudest.
If you do not want your doctor to hate you, avoid the following frustrations:
- Meddling families in the room – you are an adult, so leave your mom out of it.
- Keeping mum about the herbs – herbal supplements may be “all natural” but may still interact with medications you are taking. Don’t forget to mention any supplements you take to your doctor.
- Quitting medication without notice – bad idea, you’re not the doctor. At least chat with a physician before doing something boneheaded because there are usually consequences.
- Change in my lifestyle? There must be a pill for that – If you are not willing to change to prolong your life and health, your doctor is only performing triage. Don’t expect miracles.
- Hi there. So, I need a prescription for… – Just cause the ad promised the world and looked good on tv does not make it right for you. Discuss it with the doctor, but don’t walk in and demand like an idiot, or a spoiled child.
- I’ll take a CT scan, MRI, strep test, please – demanding an unnecessary and expensive exam against your doctor’s advice is pointless. Sometimes, the results do more harm than good. Where did you get your M.D. again? The internet?
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