We would all like to have a good relationship with our doctors. In a perfect world, each one of them would as convenient and as helpful as the last. However, we don’t live in a perfect world and there are several times where the treatment you get from your provider just isn’t doing you any good. You shouldn’t feel guilty or scared of changing doctors. If you have issues like the ones below, it’s time to think about making the switch.
You’re not comfortable
It might sound like a very weak reason, but it’s one of the most important there are. A lot of people have a fear of visiting or talking to the doctor which is normal and can be gotten over. If you find that over a long period of time you can’t talk to your doctor comfortably, you should think about requesting another. Being able to talk frankly about your issues and being comfortable during treatment is essential to getting the kind of care you need.
You disagree with them
It’s okay to disagree with a doctor and stick with them. It can be helpful to both in the relationship if polite but challenging questions either highlight other options or get you more informed on the course of action they’re recommending. But if they can’t deal with your disagreement or they involve you in treatments that turn out to be a misstep, you need to find a doctor who is confident enough in their skills to take full responsibility for their choices.
You need more convenience
Many of us live with barriers to treatment that mean we can’t see our doctor as often as we would like. It might be due to location, free time or issues with mobility. Whatever the reason, you need to be able to access your doctor. If those barriers aren’t going anywhere, then you need to consider options like remote urgent care that can work around them instead. Technology is making it a lot easier for doctors to offer their services even when you can’t see them.
You don’t understand them
Just as being able to talk frankly with doctors is essential, so is being able to understand them fully. If doctors can’t explain their treatments or your circumstances properly, you are not properly informed. This is even more essential when talking about surgery. Ask your doctor to explain more plainly first, but if they seem unable to properly communicate the issues to you, you might need to look elsewhere.
Your research brings up some worrying results
Everyone should research their State’s Licensing Board for their doctor. It might be surprising, but there are plenty still practicing when they shouldn’t be. They might have had their license revoked or they might currently be under investigation. Get some peace of mind and ensure your doc is still licensed to keep working with you.
When you switch doctors, make sure you’re polite about it. State your reasons if you’re asked but there’s no reason to burn any bridges. Most doctors are professionals trying to do their jobs as best as they can, after all.