11. Overlooking Mistakes

Mistakes

We all make mistakes. Sometimes they aren’t a big deal, and some may cause setbacks, but otherwise are salvageable. For doctors and their patients, some mistakes can mean the difference between life and death. Therefore, when a mistake does occur, it’s essential for the doctor to be accountable and resolve the issue as quickly as possible. If you’re dealing with a doctor who can’t acknowledge when they have made a mistake, you may want to reconsider your choice of physicians, as your health could be at serious risk.

10. Keeping You in the Dark

Confused Doctor

Somewhat related to the previous point, it could spell trouble if your doctor is leaving out relevant information or isn’t telling you anything at all about your health. While shielding patients from the seriousness of their conditions may seem like a compassionate thing, it ultimately puts the patient at higher risk for more serious concerns in the future. In general, it’s best to talk to your doctor openly and honestly about anything that might be a concern to control problems before they cause complications. If your doctor doesn’t do this, at least get a second opinion.

9. Overtesting

Overtesting
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While being in the know is critical for lasting health, that doesn’t mean diving into every possible test and procedure all at once. Sometimes, even the earliest stages of investigating certain symptoms can be quite cost prohibitive. You don’t want to be in a situation where you’re paying large sums of money for “false alarm” tests if your symptoms could point to less expensive (and less severe) conditions. More expensive and rigorous testing should be employed only when other options have been ruled out or time is of the essence.

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