Thursday, September 01, 2005

The bad patient

We all know about "bad doctors " - doctors who are rude, incompetent, negligent, poorly informed, and so on. How come there is so little written about the "bad patient", however ? Just like good patients get the best medical care, because they are well-informed, well-organised, do their homework and get a second opinion, isn't it also true that sometimes the care a patient receives is not very good because the patient himself is bad ? In my book, bad patients would include those who: blindly believe their doctors; don't do any homework about their problem; don't ask for explanations or second opinions. If a bad patient gets a good doctor, he'll be fine, but what happens when a bad patient selects a bad doctor ? And who is to blame ?

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