Prescription Medications and Good Doctors

May 21st, 2009 · No Comments ·

Of course most doctors want the best for their patients, but this is not always the case. Not all bad doctors were always bad. Often they have just lost their goodness because of overwork and a burden of excess patients. No matter how your bad doctor got that way, you deserve better. Both you and your family should have the best available medical care. Here is a list of things to look out for to identify a bad doctor.

Poor communication is a big red flag.

Often one of the biggest hints that you’re seeing a bad doctor is minimal communication. To be sure you are getting the very best in medical care, insist of open, two way communication with your doctor. Choose a doctor who is able to take time with you. He should ask questions about your symptoms and be willing to discuss your questions with you. It is not acceptable for the doctor to cut you off or act as if he knows what you are about to say. He should listen to you until you are finished describing your symptoms. Serious medical conditions can be overlooked or misdiagnosed when this occurs. Regardless of his busy schedule, your doctor must have enough time to listen to you properly and ask you questions about your condition.

A prescription is his solution for every problem.

A bad doctor will tend to overlook natural, safe treatments for your condition and send you straight off with a prescription for drugs. Of course, prescription medications are an important part of modern medicine; however, they should not be the only tool in your doctor’s tool kit. Mildly elevated blood pressure is one of many conditions that can be successfully treated with minor lifestyle adjustments. Your doctor should tell you about all available options before writing you a prescription.

He says one thing and does another.

Clearly, a doctor who tells you to exercise and eat right while munching junk food and being apparently stationary himself, will suffer a credibility gap. Even though doctors may be too busy to visit the gym every day, you still don’t want to find his trash can is full of junk food wrappers and cigarette butts. Setting a good example is the obligation of a good doctor.

You still have questions after he has finished talking with you.

Bad doctors are always in a hurry to get to the next patient. Consequently, they don’t give you full diagnoses or explain treatment properly. Of course your doctor will not give you a formal presentation regarding your condition, but he should at least explain your diagnosis to you completely. He should also inform you about any tests you may need and tell you everything you need to know about treatment. Additionally, he should explain any side effects you should look out for. You should definitely have all of your questions answered by the time you leave the doctor’s office.

You are not able to contact him when you are in need of his services.

You can always reach a good doctor, when you need to. You will want to look for a new doctor if you call his office on the weekend and get an answering machine that tells you to go to the ER. Good doctors answer their own after hours calls. Failing that, they work with their partners to be sure their calls are answered, and their patients are always able to get the care they need.

Conventional medicine and alternative medicine are two topics that a good doctor is equally familiar with. You will want to check and be sure that the doctor you are considering is well versed in both disciplines. Don’t let the iffy practices of a bad doctor put you at risk.

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