8. No “No”s is a No-no
Nobody likes hearing the word no, particularly when we’re asking for something. You should, however, probably hear no from time to time from your doctor, particularly when it comes to some treatments or procedures. After all, if a doctor makes decisions only to appease you, can you be sure you’re getting the proper care? While it pays to be informed and know what questions to ask, we aren’t healthcare experts, and should expect that sometimes a doctor will disagree with our opinions. A doctor who says yes to everything rather than the occasional refusal (and explanation why) may be more interested in billing you for treatment than providing effective healthcare.
7. No Dialogue
That being said, it’s also important that your doctor listens to you when you raise a concern. At times, it may certainly seem like a fine line to walk. When you are describing symptoms, asking for tests or treatments, or discussing medication, your doctor should be willing to engage with you on these subjects rather than ignoring your concerns, interrupting you, or immediately shutting you down. If your doctor does not make time to talk things over with you, they could be overlooking important indicators of health issues.
6. Discouraging Second OpinionsRelated: 10 Pain Medication Secrets Your Doctor May Not Tell You
It’s not just important to be able to talk to your doctor. You also have to be able to get a second opinion as well, if you so choose. Given that it is your health at stake, you should have access to options. A doctor should be aware of his patient’s right in this regard, and any doctor who discourages you from getting a second opinion is likely a doctor who is not to be trusted, particularly if they are also pushing expensive treatments as well. Medicine is a big deal, and sometimes mistakes are made. Second opinions don’t hurt.