"How come this doc barges in right when I'm still changing my clothes?": Challenging the Physician
If you read so many of the treads on this blog, you will find visitors expressing to us readers all their various trials and tribulations, concerns and upsets with their doctors and the doctor’s behaviors. But unfortunately, in many cases, the visitors admit they did not communicate their concerns to the doctor about whom they are complaining. I feel it is generally unfortunate that these patients did not take that action.
I presented this issue to a bioethics listserv and a lady ethicist wrote back two examples of the basis for challenging one’s physician: “This dang doc is always an hour late, and I'm tired of having to pay the baby sitter extra just because of this guy” and “"How come this doc barges in right when I'm still changing my clothes?"
I would like to have discussed on this thread my visitor’s views of whether or not doctors should be personally and directly challenged regarding what they say or their behavior. What are the pros and cons of such a challenge of one’s own physician?
What are the benefits and what are the risks to speaking up to the doctor? Simply ventilating to a discussion blog is one thing but wouldn’t it be more constructive toward mitigation of the concern to speak up to the very person who is creating that concern? Any suggestions about how a patient should communicate their dissatisfaction to their doctor? And perhaps, one of the reasons patients don't "speak up" is the "up" part.. an inequality in power. Lets hear about that too.
Relative to this discussion would be the opposite issue: Should physicians feel free to challenge their patients to explain and perhaps modify the patient’s behavior which the physician finds unwelcome or inappropriate?
If my visitors give examples, in either case, no names please. ..Maurice.