Do you trust your doctor?

January 30, 2007 3:45am CST
When your Doctor prescribes drugs for your condition whatever it is, do you accept his judgment without question, or do you think he might be influenced by the Drug companies?Drug companies are always giving freebies like paid vacations expenses paid "Education" trips etc. Just look on your doctor's desk, most of the notepads are freebies from the Drug companies. I am very lucky, I have a first class dependable Doctor who will only prescribe a drug if absolutely necessary, but I'm sure there are many that use their patients as Guinea pigs to try out a new drug. What do you think?
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• Philippines
30 Jan 07
You may be right so it's always advisable to go to a doctor you personally know and trust, or maybe go to another doctor for a second opinion. Better still, ask the doctor questions when you are apprehensive about the medicine and its after-effects.
• United States
30 Jan 07
For me its better NOT to go to the doctor. Most doctors are ignorant that why they act like they are better than you and I. Just my opnion 25 years of medical exp working and training doctors. I have worked with some really great ones. Probably 20 out of a few 1000 were compatent. Harsh I know ;-(
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
21 Feb 07
I have a wonderful doctor who I trust completely, This wasn't the case a few years ago. The doctor I had then was not competent. I was ill and I had to beg hm to do some tests. I am not a complainer and I'm not one to go to the doctor every five minutes with a complaint. After some tests he decided that I wasn't too bad but to days later I ended up in hospital and the staff there were appalled that I wasn't referred to a specialist after my test results (which I had with me). After that I found another doctor who explains things to me and listens to me. He doesn't automatically run tests or write out prescritptions for me or my family, but I have every confidence because I know he listens to me!
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21 Feb 07
I,m glad you have found a good doctor, I wish all were the same as yours. Thanks for your response, and lets hope you stay healthy and don't have to visit too often.
@KrauseHome (34982)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Interesting topic, and actually I think one that speaks volumes. I think an awful lot of people anymore never really Stop and think about this issue, but one thing I have learned over the yrs. since I have had to deal with issues due to being Diabetic, is no Doctor is perfect, and knows what is best for everybody, but doing your homework is the Best way to do it in the long run. I know I seen one who did not like me going home online and reading up on anything he tried to give me. And if I was having an Issue with it, I was over reacting. But at the same time, him and another Doctor I was seeing never thought that my Blood glucose being over 300 most of the time was the reason my Chronic wounds were not healing, and that one he was giving me made me Swell up like a Balloon. He said it was all me, and never listened to me, and just always kept on adding another Med, without really solving the problem. I now have Decent Medical thru where I work, and I am Happy with it. But I truly feel since I have a Copay when I go see a Dr. I am in control of who I am, and if I am not Happy with someone that I have just seen, then it is time to go find someone who is there to help. I have an awesome Diabetes Dr. now, and feel she is educated, and mindful of me and what will work best for me.
@suman76 (648)
• India
31 Jan 07
Sometime this kind of things happened but we have no option but we have to watch and alert what the doctor is precribing and should confirm it with chemist also. Soemtime they experimenting the new launched tablets on patients
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6 Feb 07
Yes, I agree. The chemist is always a good place to get a second opinion.
@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
31 Jan 07
First of all I try to keep myself educated on health issues, especially if they relate to me, but I do trust my doctor. I also check out the medications he prescribes, are their generics? Are they about the same in terms of effect? I do a lot of research on the web about health related issues.
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6 Feb 07
Great, you are wise, & well informed, I hope other people make note of your comments
@plumwish07 (4060)
• Indonesia
31 Jan 07
thats can true too but for me, i will always becarefull to take doctor for my health. I will go the doctor who already admit by lots of people or the docter that my family already to go. Otherwise, i will ask more to my friends who already being a doctor and i believe they will give me good suggest for my own goodness
6 Feb 07
Well, according to you photo you look pretty healthy to me, and hopefully you dont need a doctor very often.
• United States
31 Jan 07
Sometimes, I trust them sometimes I don't. Right now I do trust my doctor she is very intelligent and so far all my prescriptions have been helping me but other doctors I have had have had no idea what they were doing. It all depends on what your doctor is doing and is like.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
You are absolutely right about this. I know for a fact. My mom's doctor was constantly piling prescriptions on her and when mom got seriously ill the doctor put on her record that she was allergic to a medicine that she prescribed for her every other visit. I kept insisting that something was wrong and I feared my mom was losing her senses the doctor kept telling me no she is fine. She then gave my mom the prescription again and I filled it and was giving it to my mom until she had to go to the emergency room at another hospital where I was told my mom now had the mentality of a six year old because she had severe dimentia. When moms doctor was called in she told my mom " I told you not to take that" I told her she was wrong knowing I felt she was having problems she was to tell me and if she was not to take it why did she prescribe it again? So yes I agree if you suspect something you need to seek a second opinion in a hurry. Doctors make mistakes and go on the take too.
6 Feb 07
Thanks for your great response. My, that Doctor really needs taking to the medical board. I suppose the best advice is, if you are not sure you are being treated properly, then either get a second opinion, or better, change your doctor. Luckily most Doctors are much better & give a first class caring service.
@apky12 (776)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I trust my doctor and if I didn't I wouldn't be going to him but I do think abuot the freebies the doctors get and which medications they like best based upon which pharmaceutical companies they like better. If I have had a prescription though that didn't work for me or if I have researched something and think it's better for me I will speak up. My doctor won't prescribe anything unless he deems necessary but there are ones out there that do I'm sure.
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@lpetges (3037)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I've learned to not trust my doctors. You know, you are the only one in charge of your health. doctors today treat you like a number. years ago, the family doctor we had, knew your first and last name, how old you were, and how many children you had before he even looked at your chart. nowadays, you need to make sure they have everything straight. its ashame how the medical field has gotten.
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@cyntrow (8525)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I do trust my doctor, because I know that my doctor went into the business to help, and nothing more. When my husband and I were uninsured, he looked after my kids during their illnesses and wrote off a number of the charges because he knew we didn't have the money to pay. That doesn't mean that I don't ask questions when he gives us medicine. And he will answer those questions and give me literature if I am still unsure, with no attitude. My last gyno gave me attitude when I asked for a second opinion. I turned out to be pregnant.
5 Feb 07
Most doctors are great and I'm glad that you have a first class one. It would be nice if everyone had a similar service from their doctor.
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
30 Jan 07
No, I do not. I haven't had one I felt I could trust since my doctor left the profession to do research work. I'd had him for years, and he was so good and so thorough. After he left, I experienced several other doctors in the same clinic, but it was always rush, rush, rush and not the quality care I was used to. Then I moved to Tennessee, and the doctors in the area where I lived were terrible. I think that that area was a boneyard for quacks who had gotten kicked out elsewhere. My first doctor almost killed me. The next one spent appointments discussing his own personal aches and pains instead of my health. Since I'm back in Iowa I haven't even looked for a doctor yet, because I've lost faith in the profession as a whole.
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5 Feb 07
Thanks for your response. I can just imagine you going into the doctor, then you ask "How are you today doc, whats seems to be the trouble?" Then he tells you all his problems & charges you his feel!!! I hope you find a decent health care shop in IOWA.
@weemam (13389)
30 Jan 07
Yes I trust my DR with my life . thay are all brilliant at our medical practice, all care very much xx
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4 Feb 07
Great, I'm glad you have a good one.
• United States
30 Jan 07
I trust my doctor..I think if we are willing to take out the money to pay our doctor..we definitely should trust him/her.+
• United States
30 Jan 07
I trust my doctor completely. He is an older doctor and we have dicussed many things with him. Companies sent those in hope that they will push the product not after they buy a product. I'm not saying that all doctors are like mine and yours but im sure that most of them are. Even though I trust my doc I still research my meds online.
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@sunrisekn (1468)
• United States
30 Jan 07
I totally trust my doctor. She is the best. If she has samples, she'll give me those instead me having to go to the pharmacy. She calls and checks on me and wll, she is just awesome.
4 Feb 07
Great that you have a good one.
• United States
30 Jan 07
oh yes! i deft. trust my doctor. he was with me throughout my whole pregnancy, and would have delivered my son if he hadnt had to go to some meeting outa town for a week. i was induced but my son decided he wasnt going to come out when my doctor was there. 2 hrs after my doctor left for the meeting he decided to come! me and my doctor were hopeing to have him the day before, but he just didnt want to come! and my doctor only gives me meds if he feels i really need them, otherwise he will tell me whatelse i can do to help with whatever is bothering me. like when i was pregnant, my back would kill me, instead of giving me pain killers he told me to rest more, and when i sleep put pillows under my belly, under my feet, between my legs and of course under my head.
@malsun (1528)
• United States
30 Jan 07
it really depends... the current doctor i am seeing, i trust him completely. he takes the effort to explain to me the situation and the probable effects the medicines will have. but i have come across some very bad and rude doctors too. and no matter how popular a doctor they might be, i am not comfortable with rude doctors.
4 Feb 07
Thank you for your response. I think we can all take a good tip from you. We can keep looking until we find one that can take the time to care for us , which makes a good partnership.
• United States
30 Jan 07
When a doctor prescribes medication to me or any of my kids, I look it up online first. If it's for a familiar illness they just had and the doctor is giving a weak medication, I doubt the doctor's credibility and go to a different doctor. If it's for me, I usually look for alternative medicine. It's true what you said about those companies sending these doctors to trips for recommending their meds. I was once in my daughter's pedia's office where a lady from the pharmaceutical company was giving the doctor some samples and pads and they were talking about the upcoming trip the company is sending the doctor on... and I noticed all the meds she was prescribing my kid was for this one brand. Good thing it is a well known brand though.
• United States
30 Jan 07
I had a very bad experience wiht my dentist. They lie about cavities, etc. My teacher said she had the same dentist as me, they found a cavity. But she never went back to get it filled, because she has a fear of dentists. The next visit she had 6 months later, they never found the cavity back. So she thinks they lied about it in the first place. The first appointment my family had with them, they said we ALL had a small cavity in our right molars. Come on, what are the chances of that :S
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3 Feb 07
Wow, another good subject, Dentists, I would start it myself, but I have problems catching up with the responses to this one !!! Yes, I'm sure you are right, great point. How does anyone know except the dentist whether you need a cavity filled or not. It seems like a license to print money