Unprofessional doctor-what would you do?

posted 7 months ago in Wellness
  • poll: Would you make a complaint?

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  • Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
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    judgefreebee :  obviously, it wasn’t perceived as an emergency by you (thus your delay in seeking care). What do you see your neurologist for, if it’s not for your epilepsy? You currently weren’t having any problems and a “what if” isn’t something that a doctor can diagnose & treat, well after the fact. A one-off, could-have-been, isn’t something that most providers are going to get too excited about, days (or weeks) after the event. 

    Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
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    I would make a complaint and leave a review online. Doctors who are dismissive of patients and their symptoms are dangerous. People die because doctors are dismissive of them. 

    I would completely understand if you don’t want to go through the hassle of reporting it, and I would fully respect your decision. But I also think that if you can emotionally handle dragging this out in order to file a complaint, you should.

    Post # 18
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    Helper bee

    I’m sorry that you had a negative experience with your doctor. Like other bees said, move to a different practice and get rid of the doctor. You said this wasn’t the first time she was rude to you. To file a complaint with the medical board sounds a bit extreme. The board is not meant for handling doctors with poor bedside manner. That’s what yelp, zocdoc, google, and business Facebook pages are for. 

    If you need another opinion/aren’t satisfied with the opinion she gave you, you are welcome to seek it out. In the future and when this pandemic dies down, if you want doctors to run specific tests, ask. If they refuse state you want it noted in your chart that they refused to conduct tests and that you’ll wait as they do it. Again I’m sorry that you had a bad experience but I don’t think you’ll get far with the medical board which won’t be satisfying.

    Post # 20
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    Newbee

    I think it’s important to keep in mind that doctors are under a lot of pressure right now, saving lives, due to COVID. After this is over, many of them will have PTSD from seeing patient after patient die. We don’t know this doctor or what she has been through. Now is the time to have some empathy for our frontline workers

    Post # 21
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    Worker bee

    I’m in the medical field and I do agree that the doctor was very rude and should not have responded in the manner that she did. I do not believe, however, that it is worth it to complain to the board as I don’t believe anything will come of the complaint since there are, unfortunately, many physicians with terrible bedside manners who continue practicing. You are more than welcome to make a complaint as it is your right, but I am just saying that I doubt she’ll be reprimanded in any way. 

    Post # 22
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    Sugar bee
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    I wouldn’t complain to the board. It was poorly handled by her. You complained to the office and now you have a new doctor. That is enough. 

    Post # 23
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    Sugar bee
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    judgefreebee :  I wouldn’t bother reporting your attending to the medical board.  I think likely it would be assumed you are exaggerating, misperceived her or actually really have a dramatizing personality…. 

    Of course the agency would say all the appropriate things to you but doubtful it would go anywhere!

    Change doctors. 

    Post # 24
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    Newbee

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    ifoundtheloml0705 :  If a provider doesn’t want to order a test you request and they give you a reasonable explanation do you accept this or you would still request it be documented in your chart? 

    Post # 25
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    Newbee

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    obviousanonymous :  The doctor was incredibly rude. That still isn’t means for reporting to a state licensing board. As previous posters mentioned states boards have limited resources and need to be free to investigate real dangers/crimes that are a threat to the public/patients, not to investigate every case of hurt feelings. 

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee

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    busybee75 :  At risk of derailment, great question! I’d use it if you can’t change GPs due to insurance or if that’s the only doctor in town.

    If you’re fortunate to have health insurance and resources you can seek a second opinion so tests can be ordered. It took me 7 years for a doctor to diagnose my endometriosis. I had debilitating cramps (to the point of incapacitation), experienced painful intercourse, the whole nine yards. I went to doctors and was told I “had a low pain tolerance”, to “use more lube”, “it’s just cramps and a bad period, take ibeprophin”. After a while I decided that complaining to the doctor wasn’t worth it because i wouldn’t be listened to. Well one day my Fiance found me crying on the floor because I had such bad cramps. He took me to the ER. The resident said that I must be sensitive and that I had a low pain tolerance. I don’t have my appendix, and my symptoms didn’t lead to gall bladder distress. My Fiance raised hell and said he wanted it noted in my chart that she refused to conduct tests. She kept yelling saying that he was overreacting and that I must be there for the pain meds. The attending took over and after an ultrasound I found out that I had fibroids. I was scheduled for an ablation the next month. Had I accepted the doctors “explanation”, and  FI accepted what she said, no tests would be run and I’d be doing a lot worse.

    Another case. Serena Williams was almost killed because doctors didn’t do tests. In fact. She has a blood clotting disorder. When she had her c-section she complained to a nurse who told her; your pain meds have you confused. Williams kept demanding a CT. They gave her an ultrasound and found nothing. Williams kept demanding a CT. They gave it to her. Guess what? She had clots that would’ve killed her. So had she just sat there and said okay that works for me, she’d be dead. 

    I guess if you feel like something is really wrong with your body and your doctors won’t take action to rule shit out, it’s either time for another doctor, or to have them note that they refused to do tests. I guess it’s a case by case thing. I feel lucky it worked for me.

     

    Post # 27
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    Newbee
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    Nope make the complaint. Women already get substandard care and are palmed off as being drama queens. Your issues should be investigated, and she should do her job. 

     

    I absolutely think you should report her. 

    Post # 28
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    Helper bee
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    I don’t like that she didn’t further investigate the concerns that your neurologist presented. I’ve had a couple of seizures, loss of sense of smell, ataxic gait, double vision. My PA hasn’t refused any serology tests I’ve inquired about and has respected my wish not to take a steroid. 

    I don’t like that she tried to pin this responsibility on your neurologist either, he shouldn’t be doing something that a general practitioner can do. If she were to do bloodwork, and something came back abnormal, it does become her responsibility to treat. That’s the main beef I have with her refusing. Is it worth reporting? It’s honestly hard to say. But I would switch clinics all together (when possible). Even though they’re all self employed, you don’t want to risk earning the reputation of a thick file (diagnosis and prescription seeking) patient. 

    Wishing you the best. If you could get a written request from your neurologist, I think that would strengthen your case. 

    (My background is teaching neurophysiology and working in a stem cell clinic doing neuromuscular rehabilitation)

    I’m sorry too she called you dramatic. It was highly inappropriate and you don’t deserve to be treated that way.

    Post # 29
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    Bumble bee

    if the worst thing anyone has ever said to you is to stop being dramatic then you need to get out more. Maybe you were being dramatic…have you dared consider that? Maybe you’re a tiresome patient and the neurologist rolls his eyes behind your back. Or maybe your GP hass terrible bedside manner and you’re just the perfect patient. We will never know. But for goodness sake just change doctors and get on with your life. The medical community has much bigger problems to deal with right now. 

    Post # 30
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    Bumble bee
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    happyjuju :  This isn’t something to blow off as simple as, “oh she doesn’t like her,” she is s doctor whether or not She likes someone isn’t relevant it’s her job to rise above her dislike and be professional. Calling OP a drama queen is a far cry from remaining professional. To chalk it up to “they don’t like each other” is grossly downplaying the severity of this doctor’s unprofessionalidm. It’s a doctor’s job to always take a patients concerns seriously.

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