How to Stand Up to Your Health Care Professional

Are You Still Unwell After Doing What Your Doctor or Specialist Told You to Do?

Now first of all, I have to say, that I’m not a doctor or a pharmacist. But I’m a human being who has experienced the arrogance that many “know it all” professionals adopt when you go to them for help. And in most cases, they do care and do have a large amount of expertise in how to help you when you have a health problem. So I’m not suggesting that you don’t listen carefully to what they say and recommend.

However, there are many thousands of people who have a bad experience with their professional health care specialist and not always because they are arrogant or not following the guidelines that are laid down form the vast research that is done on drugs and procedures to treat the millions of health challenges that we face.

The reason can be that you are not a text book case. You are human, You are not a laboratory rat or a statistic on a graph that determined the process or beneficial result of a drug.

Surprisingly, no test or procedure ever found 100% positive result from a drug or treatment. In fact, scientific research uses a statistical tool that measures the “best fit” of the results to their theories. The factor about how good the fit is is know as the “Correlation Factor” and a result that allows the scientist to say the “evidence” is reliable, can be only 60% accurate.

So, what do you do when you find you are not getting better doing what the doctor or specialist says or taking the drug that is supposed to do the job?

Well, the first thing is to not be a victim. Start asking questions, get on the internet, join a group that has been formed to talk with each other about their experiences when things didin’t go right. Often you can find out more about the subject than your health care professional, especially if they are a general practitioner!

What are your rights as a customer? Just like any other business transaction, you are the person who is paying for the service, whether it’s being paid for by the government, the insurance company or yourself. You should expect to get detailed information in accordance with what you’ve asked for, to be treated as a mature and responsible individual, to have a say in your treatment and you have the right also to refuse the advice.

Don’t shy away from complementary medicine, there is growing evidence that the many other ways of treating a problem work better, but you may find an arrogant professional will try and use some big words to put you off such as “evidenced based based medicine” or pretend that scientists know everything there is to know about the amazingly complex human body.
Above all, don’t let someone intimidate you.

Signs that you have pushed the experts buttons are a defensive attitude, or refusal to treat you or even to become angry and more arrogant.

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