5. Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis

Your health is important, and when mistakes are made, they can have very real consequences. It’s bad enough when a single mistake happens, but if it’s a frequent event, your health can be in serious danger. Such is the case with a misdiagnosis. When you have a condition that is misdiagnosed, you can be wasting money on treatments that may not help your condition, and may have uncomfortable side effects. Furthermore, the real problem may grow worse if it is left untreated. If your doctor makes a habit of misdiagnosis, it’s time to move on.

4. Insistence on Brand Name Medication

Medication

The medications your doctor prescribes are another thing to consider carefully. Often, different brand names may be used for what is essentially the same medication. As with other products, this medication generally remains consistent in its effectiveness, regardless of the brand, and as such, sometimes the only difference between the two medications is the cost. Given that the overwhelming majority of doctors have some business relationship with those who produce pharmaceutical products, sometimes they may be insisting on certain medications pertaining to that relationship, rather than what is best for the patient regarding cost or other factors.

3. Pain Pills Aplenty

Pain Pills Aplenty
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Much like antibiotics, painkillers are a staple of medicine, useful for a wide variety of conditions. However, they are not the answer to every situation. Overuse can be problematic for many reasons. Addiction is a common problem, for one, and constant use of pain pills can cause damage to the kidneys and the liver. Furthermore, muffling pain with painkillers does nothing for the actual problem causing the pain, which means you’re treating the symptoms, not the disease. If the doctor’s only answer is painkillers, you will be much better off seeking treatment elsewhere.

2. Dirty Hands

Dirty Hands

This one should be a no-brainer. Hand washing and hygiene, in general, is taught at a very young age to avoid the spread of infection, and if there is any place that should be clean and sanitary, it is a hospital or doctor’s office. If your doctor cannot be bothered to wash their hands before working with you, they are putting you at serious risk of infection. Coming from a doctor, this is also incredibly unprofessional and may be a sign of other potentially life-threatening shortcuts. All in all, if you catch your doctor frequently skipping gloves, sanitizer, and good ol’ soap and water, you should seek treatment elsewhere.

1. No Board Certification

Certification
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There’s an old joke that goes something like, “What do you call a student who got Cs in medical school? A doctor!” An earlier point mentioned that too many specializations, or a jack of all trades, was a poor choice. General practitioners are not necessarily worse doctors, however. That being said, ideally, you’ll want a doctor who has a specialization or two, with the certifications to prove it—just not too many. A board certification can give you the confidence that your doctor is truly proficient in a given area. If you have a specific type of illness, having a doctor specialized in its treatment would be quite a blessing.

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