Lower Medical Costs are achieved by being better Patients

Avoid being confrontational with your Doctors

Being human means that sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to and then we blame the person were dealing with. If this is done in a useful and informative way it can be very useful to all parties involved; but sometimes we take our concerns to a higher level of being really mad and that’s when we step over the line and literally destroy the important relationship with have with our care giving Doctors.

Doctors and Patients sometimes loose their ability to communicate on a compatible level of thinking

Doctors face all kinds of patients and all kinds of situations that involve mental and physical hurtings by patients. And sometimes patients and doctors loose their commitment to each other and then only hostility exists. When this happens each side sets up a wall and contact with the doctor in question becomes almost impossible. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.

Patients who put their foot in their mouth seldom get help

Joe (this isn’t his real name) was involved in a very serious car accident and ended up having an open hole in his stomach that wouldn’t seal up. Now I don’t know the reason why that cut remained open? but I did talk to Joe on numerous occassions and pretty much understand why his main care giving Doctors stopped being available to him and wouldn’t directly talk to him any more.

Couldn’t Seal the Hole in his Stomach

After Joe’s accident he was sent to a very popular university hospital and underwent numerous operations to help correct the many injuries he received during the car accident. When all was said and done Joe ended up short both legs and a half dollar size hole in his stomach. Before leaving the hospital after having his sixth operation Joe confronted all his attending doctors and threatened them with a law suit for not fixing his stomach properly and demanded it be fixed right and that he receive compensation in money and mobility. And here’s a list he presented to them demanding money and other compensation.

Joe wanted compensation

1. He wanted a new van properly equipped for his disability
2. He wanted one lump sum of money (I forget the sum he wrote on the his list)
3. He demanded a new motorized wheel chair and a new house built meeting his disability needs

Threatening Doctors will get you no care

At Joe's last visit at the medical hospital Joe was shouting at all his doctors and threatened them all with lawsuits and branded them all as stupid and incompetent doctors. I’m sure all the doctors working at this hospital heard about Joe thru the grapevine and avoided him at all costs not wanting to face the shoutings of a person out of control and making false statements without having other doctors to back up his charges of incompetence.

Joe Lost the Help he needed and was left to his own resources

According to Joe his University Doctors wouldn’t return his phone calls and their office personnel wouldn’t accept appointments with him until he provided a referral from another doctor. Apparently his ravings extended thru out the doctors grapevine and no one would accept him as a patient

We all have issues sometimes with our doctor and voice our concerns by talking to our attending doctor. Recently I had one of those concerns with my family doctor. I waited over two hours two see him and when I did I quietly explained my frustration with that. After some reasonable interaction my doctor suggested I be his first patient in the morning every time I see him. I do that and hardly wait any time anymore. That’s working out good for me because I’m an early riser.

Joe sought the help of a Lawyer

Joe had one conversation with an attorney but never had time to sign the papers and get the compensation he was hoping for. Two weeks after seeing the lawyer he passed away in the Emergency Room at our local hospital.

Joe’s unfounded ravings did him in and no one wanted him as a patient. The Doctors didn’t refuse him care they just declined to see him. There’s a lesson to be learned here and that’s, be kind to your doctors. Your life may depend on seeing them and that may not happen because your mouth over rides your head.

Don L. Terrill

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