A patient explains the reasons behind doctor hopping
“Oh no, it’s a doctor hopper. You know who I’m talking about: the patients with twenty previous doctors documented in their chart. The ones who took years to be diagnosed. The ones who still have not been diagnosed, but insist something is wrong. They’re just jumping around until they get their way, you seethe.
Every doctor’s appointment is a commitment of time and money for a patient. I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that we’d greatly prefer it if things went right the first time. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. If one of your patients has hopped, instead of immediately assuming they’re a problem, consider this: they’re trying to find the help that will allow them to stop hopping.”
Denise Reich is a patient advocate.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “How about those doctor hoppers?“
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