Do You Think Your Doctor Tells You Everything You Need To Know?

@elmiko (6640)
United States
November 30, 2008 8:18pm CST
Some doctors may hold back from telling everything to the patient out of fear of getting sued. I really wonder about this at times when it comes to my family members.
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6 responses
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I dont beleive a Doctor has the right to hold things back might be if they do they dont know what is wrong they should point you to the right Doctor
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I don't know if the doctors holding things back for sure. Its a more difficult situation than just finding the right doctor.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Yes and I just read something that said that Doctors were not allowed to tell you every thing?! The Doctor that wrote it had lost his liceince by trying to do alternitive meds. and I know there is some of them out there but if they can lose their liceince from using alternitive meds. what are we to do?
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
4 Dec 08
Oh i've heard about nurses getting people mixed up and giving them the wrong medication. Yeah you can't totally trust the nurses to give you the right medicine. Thats something people need to be aware of.
@fairydew (180)
• United States
27 Dec 08
I think doctors are very much afraid of getting sued and very conscious about what they say and do not say. I also think most of them are so busy, they might not just take "time" to say much to their patients and family members.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
27 Dec 08
Yeah thats true some of the time at the least.
@lumenmom (1996)
• United States
1 Dec 08
My experience with doctors is not so much that they hold back because of fear of being sued. For the most part it is understood that they are giving their best educated opinions based on the information that we as patients provide and what test results provide. The biggest disillusion for me is that some doctors don't really know as much as we think they know. Plus they have time constraints and tons of patients to see on a regular basis, not to mention the pharmaceutical companies that come in to do they sales pitches in between patients. All of this can contribute to you get limited information from them. It is important that people realize that doctor patient relationships go both ways and the patient has to take an active role in their healthcare by educating themselves and asking questions of their doctors. Be a part of the decisions regarding your treatments. Refuse to leave without getting your questions and issues resolved. You may get better results from your doctor.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I've educated my self and plenty of questions have been asked. I don't really know for sure if the doctors are telling everything or not as my family member has developed alot of problems over time and goes to a variety of doctors. As you get so bad theres only so much someone can do and its not good at all for my loved one.
@lala766 (240)
• United States
30 Dec 08
My family doctor is very forthcoming with information. He is an older doctor and I dread the day the he retires. I have had to see a different doctor when he was on vacation. The doctor I saw kept saying "Everything is fine" I ended up having to go back to the doctor I had double ear infections in both of my ears. I find that sometimes doctors are so rushed for time they do not spend enough time with patients. I try to write any questions I have down before my visit.
@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
30 Dec 08
Is that for real? That seems too cruel o__O anyway, I came from the Philippines and there aren't as many cases of suing doctors as there is in the states. So I think that the doctors tell us the most that they could because they know we need the information. Thanks for the comment on my discussion!
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
27 Dec 08
I think my doctor does tell me what I need to know. I trust him. If I didn't, he wouldn't be my doctor. If you think you are being lied to, find a new doctor.