So, we discussed the signs of a bad pediatrician. Or, you’ve been unhappy with the care you’ve received for a while now. How to you move on to another doctor? It’s like dumping your hair dresser. Never pleasant.
Babycenter.com has offered some advice on how to break ties with your pediatrician.
Why you might need to fire your doctor
People switch doctors for all kinds of reasons, from practical to personal.
Many change because of insurance issues or a move to a new location. Others change because they disagree with their doctor about a specific medical procedure or treatment philosophy. In other cases, a doctor-patient relationship frays because of differences in outlook or a clash of personalities.
In the case of one BabyCenter mom, problems began shortly after she started seeing a doctor whose office was just a few blocks from her home. She saw the doctor for three or four years, but she was unhappy much of that time. The doctor was clearly skilled and knowledgeable, but she made it clear that she disapproved of the ten extra pounds this mom was carrying, and raised the issue at every visit.
“I’d always leave appointments feeling bad about myself,” she recalls. “I wouldn’t have minded if she brought my weight up occasionally, but it came into everything. For example, when I went to see her about migraines, she said, ‘No wonder you have headaches, with all that fat in your blood.'”
This BabyCenter mom, who exercises regularly and is in good health, began dreading medical appointments. “If I got sick, I avoided going in because I knew I’d have to get on the scale, and then she’d make derogatory comments about my weight,” she says.
She finally left the practice when the doctor began commenting on her son’s weight as well. “That was the last straw,” she says. “If your doctor makes you feel bad, then it isn’t a therapeutic relationship.”
People also switch doctors for subtler but equally valid reasons, says San Francisco Bay Area pediatrician Laurel Schultz. Schultz works in a group practice, and she says it’s common for patients to switch doctors within the practice.
“It can be a little awkward at first if a patient leaves you to see another doctor, but we all agree that our patients should see the doctor they’re most comfortable with,” she says.
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