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Should I look for a new doctor?

You expect your doctor to provide quality care. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and a lack of care can have a devastating impact on your health and wellness. If you recognize any of the following signs of poor medical care, it is time to look for a new doctor. 

Your doctor does not offer explanations 

Remaining well-informed about your medical care is a must. It is up to your doctor to explain diagnoses and treatments in a satisfactory manner. This is the only way you can play a proactive role in your healthcare, which typically ensures the best outcome. Doctors must also be careful about not using complex medical terminology when communicating with patients, which can leave you with more questions than answers. 

Your doctor does not listen to you 

Communication is a key component of a healthy doctor-patient relationship. Your doctor must be willing to listen to your concerns and questions, even if he or she is the ultimate medical authority. This is especially important when it comes to a desire to seek out a second opinion. Good doctors never dissuade a patient from seeking a second opinion, especially when it comes to surgery or a procedure. Even a doctor with a packed schedule must take time during your appointment to listen to you. 

You have a hard time reaching your doctor 

It is natural for patients to follow up questions after an appointment. Your doctor should make every attempt to get back to you in a timely manner, even if that means other staff contacts you to relay essential information. If you are left waiting days or even weeks before receiving a response, your care could be greatly compromised. Doctors should provide a contact number for regular office hours, as well as a line dedicated to emergency issues that may come up at other times.