Sometimes after seeing a doctor for a certain amount of time you begin to feel stuck.
Whether it be insurance reasons, location, or the simple fact that you’ve become too comfortable at one office, it’s easy to feel like you have no other choice. But you do.
You should never feel like there isn’t another option out there for you.
Read our guide on when to switch doctors. And if any of these reasons hit close to home, then it might be time to do some research and see what other doctors are available to you.
They Don’t Seem to Listen
Your health is not only important for yourself, but it’s important for those around you as well. Your loved ones need you as healthy as possible just as much as you do. So when it comes to having open communication with your doctor, you need it to happen at every visit.
Every concern of yours should be addressed. If there’s very little communication between you and your doctor, then this is when to switch doctors.
The Wait is Always Longer than the Appointment
It’s no secret that doctor appointments usually come with a bit of a wait time. But you shouldn’t be spending a significantly greater amount of time in the waiting room than in the patient’s room for every visit. There are days when doctor offices can get pretty packed.
But, for the most part, you shouldn’t be spending most of your time there waiting in the waiting room. You can also consider using a house call doctor and completely eliminate the waiting room all together!
Another red flag to look out for is if the doctor seems to be in a rush. If you feel like you don’t have time to ask all your questions, then what are you really solving?
Your doctor should make you feel like you are their number one priority and that every question you have to ask is important. If you don’t feel this way, then you might need to change doctors.
You Leave the Office Feeling an Issue Was Left Unresolved
Even if your doctor does seem to listen and give you time to ask questions, it doesn’t mean that they are truly doing what’s best for you. If treatment given to you is not working or fixing the problem, then it needs to be addressed.
Coming in for medical issues and not being treated for them is a waste of time. Make sure that your doctor is taking the right steps and has multiple back-up options if the first fails. And if they don’t have another solution to your issue that will work, then find someone who does and get a second opinion.
Red Flags on the Online Licensing Board Website
Lastly, check your state’s online licensing board website. Search your doctor’s name and check for any red flags. If your doctor is listed on there as having previous investigations, disciplinary actions were taken against them, or any other negative results, start searching for a new one.
Be sure to check that it’s the exact same doctor before going further into their reviews as some doctors may have the same name. But after doing some research if you’re certain that your doctor has serious red flags, then you shouldn’t be putting your health in their hands.
Know When to Switch Doctors
If you don’t know when to switch doctors and when to stick it out, keep this guide in mind. And for 13 reasons why dance is important for your health, check out our blog!