Do You Trust Your Doctor Enough to Tell Them About Your Health?
If you’ve been thinking about getting a second opinion on your current healthcare plan, now might be the time to make that decision. According to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, 64 percent of Americans now have access to at least one outside medical opinions when they need them most. That’s an increase of 10 percentage points from just five years ago, and the evidence is starting to suggest that having more than one set of eyes on your health is a highly effective way to make sure that you’re getting the best care possible. But what if your doctor doesn’t offer you the opportunity to get another look at your own records or doesn’t take the time to listen to other experts? If you trust your doctor enough to tell them about your health — and a recent survey found that 87 percent of Americans do — it might be worth seeking out some outside medical advice anyway, even if it means speaking with another healthcare professional. Read on for more information on how you can ask for — and accept — clarity around important health issues without worrying that the other party will leave you feeling unappreciated or inadequate in their eyes.
What to do if your doctor is hesitant to share your health information with you?
It’s natural to be nervous when talking to a new doctor, especially if you’ve been seeing the same one for a while. In fact, there are a few things you can do to ease that anxiety and make the conversation easier.
First, make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable. If possible, try to avoid getting stressed or nervous. If you are, you’re likely to show it in your behavior and create a stressful situation for yourself.
Second, try to get your doctor to open up about himself or herself. By talking about what you’re feeling and how you’re thinking, you can open up the conversation to explore your own thoughts and feelings.
How to ask for clarity around health issues without Dr. evasion
If your doctor is reluctant to talk to you about certain issues, or if they keep moving the goalposts on what you should be hearing about, you can always ask for clarity.
Here’s how to do it:
Ask for the facts. The easiest way to get your doctor to clearly explain what you’re being told is to ask for the “facts.” If your doctor claims that certain treatments work better for some people than for others, ask them to show you the research. This may take a few texts or phone calls, but it’s the least intrusive way to get your doctor on the right track.
The easiest way to get your doctor to clearly explain what you’re being told is to ask for the “facts.” If your doctor claims that certain treatments work better for some people than for others, ask them to show you the research. This may take a few texts or phone calls, but it’s the least intrusive way to get your doctor on the right track. Be specific. If you want to know which medications your doctor should be avoiding, be sure to specify which ones you’re worried about. For example, if you’re concerned about taking certain medications for acne, ask about acne medications.
Getting a second opinion on your current healthcare plan isn’t a sign of weakness — it’s a sign that you know you’re in need of the best possible care, and that you trust your doctor to provide it to you. If they’re not speaking with you about your health, it may be because they don’t know enough to tell you the truth, or it may be that you don’t ask enough questions.
Regardless of the reason, if you don’t feel comfortable discussing the details of your health with your doctor, it might be worth seeking out some outside medical advice. In fact, the survey data suggest that having some outside medical advice can actually make you feel better about your situation and help you deal with your stress better.
The takeaway here is that there are plenty of ways to get clarity around your health issues without having your doctor talk to you directly. By learning how to ask for it, you can start to feel more confident and at ease with your health, while making sure to take the necessary steps to ensure the best possible outcome.