You are here: Home Managing Your ... Doctors 101 ... How To Deal With ... Summary
Information about all aspects of finances affected by a serious health condition. Includes income sources such as work, investments, and private and government disability programs, and expenses such as medical bills, and how to deal with financial problems.
Information about all aspects of health care from choosing a doctor and treatment, staying safe in a hospital, to end of life care. Includes how to obtain, choose and maximize health insurance policies.
Answers to your practical questions such as how to travel safely despite your health condition, how to avoid getting infected by a pet, and what to say or not say to an insurance company.

How To Deal With Bumps In The Doctor/Patient Relationship


Next »


Do not let a fixable "bump in the road" in your relationship with your doctor mar your time together or cause you to switch doctors. Do what you can to fix the bumps, including the good old fashioned method of speaking up. Like the rest of us, doctors are not mind readers.

Following are some typical situations patients complain about. The other sections of this article have suggestions about how to handle each situation. 

  • A doctor cuts you off, or dismisses your concerns, or talks over your head.
  • You have no connection with the doctor.
  • The way the doctor speaks to you is uncomfortable for you, and you want your doctor to interact with you differently.
  • What the doctor charges is a problem.
  • You're kept waiting.
  • You keep getting billed more than you should.
  • There are continuing disagreements between you and the doctor.

As a general matter, we do not encourage switching doctors. However, if the bumps become too big, seriously consider changing doctors. 

Please share how this information is useful to you. 0 Comments


Post a Comment Have something to add to this topic? Contact Us.

Characters remaining:

  • Allowed markup: <a> <i> <b> <em> <u> <s> <strong> <code> <pre> <p>
    All other tags will be stripped.