Doctors no longer hold the keys to all things medical. Support for you has arrived literally at your fingertips– the Internet. If you access reputable medical websites for information on your illnesses, you can learn so much more than what your doctor has time to tell you, and what you learn can be life saving.
“The specter of a 7-minute doctor office visit, during which government imposed checklists and managed care clinical pathways must be addressed, is not a welcome development for many physicians.” 1
“When you do get an appointment, you wait an excessive amount of time before seeing the doctor, who is in a hurry, does not seem to care, and provides inadequate explanation and education.”2
Studies, Footnotes and Resources:
- Beck, Arne, John Scott and Patrick Williams et al. “A Randomized Trial of Group Outpatient Visits for Chronically Ill Older HMO Members: The Cooperative Health Care Clinic.” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 45(5) (1997). 543-549
- Kuzel, Anton J., Steven H. Woolf, and Valerie J. Gilchrist et al. “Patient Reports of Preventable Problems and Harms in Primary Health Care.” Annals of Family Medicine 2 (2004): 333-340