Sometimes going to the doctor might be uncomfortable. Why? So many times, we feel a bit restrained or lied to by our doctor. Are you having these issues with your doctor as well? Is your doctor being honest with you? If they hide certain things from you, you might trust them less, and this can affect the relationship between the two of you. Let’s face it! We all have our own secrets we don’t want to share.
A recent study revealed that 34% of doctors don’t disclose serious medical errors to their patients, and 20% of them don’t disclose an error because they fear it. Do you believe your doctor is keeping a secret from you?
Read here about 13 of the most common thing pshysicians keep away from their patients. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw no. 9!
1. They Know When You’re Lying
Truth and nothing but the truth? Do you recognize yourself in this question? If the answer is yes, then you’re on the right path. If the answer is no, then you won’t be surprised if we tell you that, frequently, most patients actually lie to their doctors. When you are lying, you usually feel more nervous than usual, you might blush, or you might develop certain tics during the conversation.
Things like taking pills or if you are injured should not be hidden from your doctor!
2. They might not like it when you exaggerate things
Are you feeling sick and your doctor needs to know about your symptoms? Definitely! But what if you exaggerate? Some people like to overreact to their disease in order to get what they want from their doctor: it’s either some pills or a certain answer they’ve been looking for.
There is also a situation when the doctor won’t take the patient seriously unless they have 10 out of 10 pain. Crazy, right? What is your situation regarding this subject?
3. They don’t talk about their past
Don’t be afraid to ask them if they have withdrawn from medical staff to avoid an injury or if they have had any accusations or board actions against them. These things are pretty important, and you must know if your doctor is trustworthy or not.
Is your doctor open about their past? Are you aware of their previous work place and qualifications?
4. They Don’t Know Everything
You’re expecting the most accurate answer from your doctor, right? Many people come to their doctor expecting definitive answers to their issues, and if they don’t receive them, it’s going to be a disappointment. Try to explain to them what your expectations are in order to get the most accurate diagnosis. But what if it’s a new disease or something that won’t show up immediately in the blood tests? Then you should take into consideration that they might need some time to think about the situation.
Do you know that 55 percent of doctors describe a patient’s prognosis in a more positive manner?
5. If You’re Doomed, They May Not Say So
If you are in a serious health condition, your doctor needs to tell you as soon as possible, but many doctors are hesitant. Why? Because it’s never easy to tell somebody that they are going to die soon! They should take into consideration how the cultural view around death is seen regarding every patient’s religion.
Allow yourself an honest discussion with your doctor whenever you feel lied to.
6. They don’t guess
This might be surprising, but your doctor won’t guess what the cause of your illness is if you don’t tell them the symptoms you have. Even if we are living in a world with technology, these sorts of things can be solved if you talk about them. Don’t be afraid!
7. They Don’t Have Time to Explain the “Why”
This might be a general problem since a lot of them have a busy schedule and don’t have enough time to explain everything to their patients. This might be frustrating since we are not experts and we want a proper explanation for “why” they gave us this medication.
In order to avoid this, make sure you get yourself a doctor who doesn’t have a long list of patients to see every day.
8. They Likely Don’t Know Much About Nutrition
We all know that nutrition is the key to wellness, but what if your doctor doesn’t know that much about it? It might be surprising, but a lot of them don’t learn too much about nutrition in school. Sad! Pssst…This might be the perfect opportunity to follow our page for more advice in this direction!
9. They Won’t Share Their Age
This might be the case, especially if your doctor is a woman, and this is a common thing among us. Is this such a sensitive topic for a doctor? I think not, but most of them are actually hiding their age for various reasons. Do you know how old your doctor is?
10. This May Be Their First Time
Is your doctor a resident? If the answer is yes, then you should be aware that they may not be very familiar with certain things. They were all new to this field, and while this is not the end of the world, what if you need special treatment and they don’t know what to recommend? It is always the doctor’s responsibility to make sure they are fully competent and safe. Is your doctor a resident? Have you ever faced this situation before?
11. They Might Not Be Thinking of Your Costs
Not every patient can afford the best and most innovative treatments. And because of that, your doctor should take your financial situation into consideration before prescribing the medication. It’s very important to ask, “why this” or “why here” if the treatment they prescribed for you seems too expensive for your budget.
Telling them about your financials is a pretty important thing to discuss with your doctor. Don’t be afraid! They are not there to judge you. Be more confident.
12. They might refuse to do a surgery
Do you think surgery will help you with your issue? But what if your doctor is not on the same page as you? A recent study suggests that a lot of patients want a procedure, but in most cases, proper treatment will cure the disease. Listen to them! If you are not OK with their diagnosis, ask for another doctor’s opinion.
13. They Don’t Talk About Religion
Some of them don’t consider this topic a relevant one because it cannot interfere with a patient’s treatment. But what if you have more faith than others and you want to know what your doctor’s opinion is regarding this subject? How are they treating this matter?
Remember that every issue you might have should be taken into account by each doctor! Doctors aren’t always honest with their patients, but this is not because they are bad people! They are human beings, just like the rest of us, and it is impossible to be honest all of the time (are you?).
Ask for precise answers from them, and if your relationship doesn’t seem to “click,” identify the problem together.
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