Was your most recent doctor visit more like a brief encounter with a cab driver, or the cashier who rang up your groceries? If you answered yes, then the word “relationship” as applied to the doctor-patient experience may seem a bit like a misnomer.
Today, the typical time with a doctor is a mere 15 minutes! Because of this, it is important to take responsibility for your own health and demand the care that you deserve—despite the limitations of today’s health care industry. So what can patients do to improve relations with their doctor for optimal health? Here’s how:
Make Appointments Earlier
A doctor’s schedule can be off if there is an emergency. The earlier in the day you make your appointment, the less likely you are to be affected by schedule changes. If your doctor is running late, you should be given an update or estimate of his or her arrival.
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