DIY Checkup: How to Find the Perfect Doctor

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

In our DIY Checkup series we've been talking about simple strategies to help take control of our health. Last week we spoke about setting long term health priorities with Dr. Andrea Price, who said that it is important to get to the doctor for your regular checkups. But for many, just making an appointment can be challenging.

Takeaway listener Hugh Appet responded on our website:

"One of the doctors mentioned as an example, someone who has not been to a doctor in five years. How about 20? Why don't insurance companies make it mandatory? The big thing, for me, is phobia. I tried making an appointment with my forcibly chosen primary care doctor under my health plan. The phone receptionist was so brusk that I couldn't get out what I needed to. So no appointment.

This week, we talk with Newsweek health reporter Kate Dailey and Dr. Pauline Chen about how to navigate the chaotic health system to find the right doctor and how to build a trusting relationship with your doctor once you make it to the office.

Building trust and being able to communicate openly and clearly with your practitioner is a key element in getting quality care. "You can have the most skilled physician, the most well trained physician in the world, but if that physician isn't listening to what you're saying or addressing your fears, you won't be getting the kind of care you need," says Dr. Chen.

Guests:

Dr. Pauline Chen and Kate Dailey

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

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Nov. 29 2012 11:33 AM

I tried to post a comment, but I think it did not get through.
Now, fear of doctors and laziness in tending to one's own health were addressed. But some people have never been able to go to a doctor throughout their entire lives except at intervals which are spaced apart in years and only for the most painful or severe medical conditions. Many people dont have the right insurance or money for regular checkups and absoloutely not for anything urgent. There are even reasons of "cultural differences" beyond language barriers. Some women prefer female doctors and cannot find them and therefore won't go see a doctor. Often a person needs a doctor whom is conveniently located, and whom carries out a certain specialty and also takes a certain kind of insurance but if any of those three factors is missing it can mean that a person cannot get the medical attention that he or she needs. I myself know about the lack of people skills that some staff of hospitals or clinics can have. Furthermore I know by experience that many doctors perform needless medical tests because they have been taught to do so, and/or standard medical tests are a means of a doctor making money, and the patient is treated as if he or she does not have to consent to these standard tests or have them explained to him or her.

Jun. 30 2010 03:11 PM
Susan

I was disappointed with this segment. I thought you might include some of the common difficulties we all have with physicians, and I can tell you that it is NOT the staff. I am one of many women who have just given up on doctors. My mother was given pain pills when she had obvious (female) symptoms of a heart attack - she died 3 days later. Another woman I know is in very good health - except her hair falls out in chunks, she has pain in her legs and back (she is NOT overweight) - is made to feel like she has wasted the doctor's time. She is told that it is probably peri-menopause.
There is a growing number of us out here who just don't bother anymore - we don't need to waste our time sitting in a doctor's office all afternoon

Jun. 29 2010 08:14 AM

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