Outrageous! How could anyone trust a primary care physician mcallen tx they detest, or at the very least, don’t like? You must have run into hundreds of traveling companions, friends, neighbors, and casual acquaintances who have given you an earful of bad medical treatment by doctors, including doctors they don’t trust or like.
Medical patient frustrations don’t end there—unfortunately!
It sure makes you think about it! That earful immediately triggers a mental comparison to your own medical doctor. Over time, story by story, a subtle antagonism develops towards all doctors. Can you trust “any” of them? And maybe your doctor is the one exception?
Some contributing factors that have created this distrust are:
o The increasingly litigious nature of our society today, and in the past 30 years. If so many malpractice suits are being filed against doctors, they must be making a lot of mistakes—right?
o Media publication, reporting, and investigations of the most severe and intolerable physician’s mistakes, complications, and unintentional adverse happenings in patient care add fuel to the fire.
o The public tendency to project each bad result in medical care to all the other good doctors who treat patients exceedingly well.
o Stories about personal experiences with bad results are spread to hundreds or even thousands of others over time. Not the good ones, just the bad ones!
o The advent of “quickie” office visits has promoted dissatisfaction with care that is perceived to be inadequate and superficial.
o The persistent unfounded expectation that doctors are supposed to be perfect and never make mistakes.
o Physician mistakes (doctor errors) must be punished severely—no excuses! Being human and making mistakes is unacceptable.
Where lack of trust of doctors has brought us today:
If you can attest to any of the issues listed above, you may have your own axe to grind. But, you will have to do it soon in view of the decline in numbers of medical doctors practicing in the USA. Doctors are quitting practice 20 years sooner than one would expect of any professional. Why is that?
As the population increases and the number of doctors decreases, reliance on foreign doctors, mid-level providers (CNMs, NPs, PAs, and CNAs), and outpatient homecare by nurses are what you are looking at more of for medical care in the near future. They are already here. Most are now an integral part of medical care we can’t do without.