More Considerations for Choosing a Doctor
When choosing a doctor, it is important to keep many factors in mind. A doctor should be knowledgeable about your particular medical issues and should work with your insurance provider. Patients should do their background research to make sure that the doctor meets their needs. However, even patients who spend a long time deciding on a doctor often walk away dissatisfied with their level of care because of poor communication with their doctor. In order to foster open and honest dialogue with a doctor, a patient may choose a doctor based on other factors, including:
Especially when talking about sex-specific issues or private problems, many patients experience difficulty speaking openly and honestly with a doctor. Some patients feel more comfortable talking about medical problems with a doctor of the same gender and as a result can speak more freely about issues. Therefore, some patients feel they receive better care from a doctor of the same sex simply because of the ease of communication.
A person whose first language is not English may have difficulty communicating with a doctor. Perhaps a patient is not able to fully communicate a medical issue or concern, or instead he or she may not adequately understand instructions for follow-up care from the doctor. For this reason, many patients prefer to choose a doctor who can communicate in the patient’s first language in order to have access to proper medical care.
Choosing a qualified doctor is important to help ensure proper medical care. Unfortunately, some medical providers may not adhere to a reasonable standard of care when treating you or your loved ones. The Iowa medical malpractice lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can evaluate your case and determine if you have grounds to take legal action against a negligent health care provider. Contact our offices today at 877-327-2600.