The Cheerful Oncologist is repeating some of his best posts from the past and today brings us: How to Get Your Doctor to Listen to You.
His tips range from the practical...give the dr. a heads up you're going to have questions, write your questions down, even give the dr. a written copy of your questions right at the beginning...to the"psychological"...bring people in the exam room with you, make clear you have lawyer and/or doctor family and friends.
So, really, isn't that just what everyone is afraid of? I mean, that those of us without a doctor or lawyer in our immediate circle get worse treatment? Whether that's because of fear of litigious reprisal or because one treats those in one's own club better, either way it's sort of disheartening that doctors would be more motivated to help someone because they'd be showing off in front of another doctor, or avoiding someone who is a mere one degree closer to a lawyer than others.
My brother is actually a lawyer, but of the M&A variety, not medical malpractice or even litigation variety. Still, perhaps I'll start leveraging this...the doctor doesn't have to know, right?
I know, I know, I'm way over-thinking this. Take the good, practical advice, stop whining over the "psychological tactics."