14. Overprescribing Antibiotics
When we feel ill, it is only natural to desire a magical pill that will instantly cure our sickness and restore our health. Many individuals head to the doctor hoping for an antibiotic to treat the uncomfortable symptoms of a virus. Unfortunately, viruses do not respond to antibiotics. Furthermore, overuse of antibiotics results in bacteria that are resistant to these drugs. Your physician may be willing to prescribe antibiotics for any and all illnesses. If so, it is time to find a doctor who recognizes when it is appropriate to use an antibiotic and when it is not.
13. Overly Generous with Pain Meds
There are many times when pain medications are appropriate remedies for aches, pains, and discomfort. However, due to the addictive potential of many heavy-duty pain medications, it is critical to make sure you receive these drugs in appropriate doses for suitable time periods. Your doctor should be willing to prescribe pain medications, such as opioids, when they are needed. She should also require you to follow up with her to make sure you are using your medications safely and effectively.
12. Unwillingness to Admit Mistakes
We are all human, and doctors are no exception. Whether it’s misdiagnosing an ear infection, calling in the wrong prescription, or making an error in your chart, there may be times when your physician messes up. Of course, there are some errors, such as operating on the wrong body part, that seem unforgivable. In other cases, a mistake may lead to inconvenience or discomfort without severely threatening your health. Either way, if your doctor is unwilling to take responsibility for his mistake or blames you for his own error, it is time to find yourself a new physician.