"Treat the disease, you win some, you lose some. Treat the patient, you always win."
~Patch Adams~

Saturday, October 1, 2011

10 reasons why you need to change doctors

Those of you who have read my blog for any length of time know I am all about patient empowerment----choosing a doctor carefully, asking questions, etc. Good article from the KevinMD.com blog today, written by Dominic A. Carone, PhD, neuropsychologist who blogs at MedFriendly.com. It's important reading, it lists 10 different reasons you might need to change doctors.

Pay particular importance to #10 ----- checking out your doctor on the state medical licensing board, and with his/her appropriate certification board. I am amazed at the number of patients who tell me "well, I picked this doctor out of so and so's book (insert celebrity name here) but then I found out he had his board certification suspended, lost prescribing privileges...". One of the West Coast's "top" BHRT specialists has lost his medical license in the last two years. You think it can't happen to you, but it can, and I absolutely stress checking out any new practitioner. All of the reasons listed in the article are important-----be sure to check this one out.

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