Doctor shopping is crucial in a healthcare world that is in the midst of rising costs. Not only is price a factor when doctor shopping, but finding a qualified doctor that accepts your insurance can be time consuming and draining.
Now, more than ever, patients are seeking second opinions. They’re seeking third opinions. They’re switching PCP’s. They’re trading doctors like Halloween candy. And the thing is, it’s not necessarily good or bad. It’s a simple reality of the new world of health care that we live in. Here’s a doctor’s perspective on doctor shopping which will hopefully help you better navigate the health care world.
A Doctor’s Opinion on Doctor Shopping
Mikkael A. Sekkeres, the director of the Leukemia Program at the Cleveland Clinic, discussed doctor shopping and its growing trend in the healthcare world. Sekkeres notes that things didn’t always use to be this way.
“Decades ago, when physicians worked within a much more paternalistic system, such ‘doctor shopping’ would have been considered inappropriate. Your doctor’s medical opinions were considered authoritative, incontrovertible and often final. Patients who challenged them were labeled ‘difficult’, and worried about developing a reputation that would influence their care, both with their own doctor and with others. In recent years, patients have become more empowered to demand both good care and a good attitude. Given some of the stories I have heard, I can’t say that I blame them.”
It’s not enough anymore to be a qualified doctor with strong opinions. All the skill and education in the world can’t make up for poor bedside manner, for arrogance and aloofness, or for any of the other negative characteristics that several doctors employ.
What Patients Want From Their Doctors
While patients are primarily looking for medical advice when visiting a doctor, people are now expecting specific characteristics from their healthcare provider. Strong medical advice coupled with the knowledge provided by doctors is often the most important aspect taken into consideration when doctor shopping.
Being able to combine specialized knowledge about your medical field with the ability to connect with patients on a somewhat personal level is becoming increasingly important in the medical world of today, in the world where doctor shopping is no longer frowned upon and is instead encouraged.
We believe everyone deserves the best healthcare from their doctor. We hope if you choose our team at Rosetta Radiology that you’ll be more than satisfied with your experience and overall care.