Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Living With Disease: Standing Up For Yourself And Your Healthcare
After over half an hour of trying to reach your office this morning and only getting the answering service message, (despite calling after the starting time the office picks up calls per that message). I stopped wasting my time. I was calling to tell you that because of a phone call I received last night from "____" - who rudely tried to force me to make an appointment for an office visit and when I wouldn't basically accused me of seeing another ____________ - which I am not - I want it noted on my chart/account that I do Not want to be contacted by your office again because of that phone call and in the future if I need to see a ____________ again, because of that phone call, it will not be Dr. ________. (And if that happens, any new ____________ will request my records). I am not receptive to such attitudes and feel they have no place in my healthcare. (Or anyone else's for that matter). -Jo...
This is a letter I wrote and mailed this morning because the phone call I received last night made my blood boil. I've had my misgivings about this particular doctor because his 'bedside' manner is awful. He has no idea how to interact with patients and despite his being thorough & knowledgeable, he rubbed me the wrong way from the start and made me (and my husband & mother) uncomfortable from the get-go.
However, I've done what he told me to do and over the last year, I have come a long way in those areas of my health and I'm proud of it. (It has been anything but easy, as anyone with chronic illness can imagine).
That phone call from his office last night though put the proverbial nail in the coffin. I have too much respect for myself and have been fighting too long for quality doctors in my life to take that kind of treatment from anyone in healthcare anymore. (Before 2004, that likely wouldn't have been the case, but that's a story for another time). I do not have the energy for such negativity.
And I believe everyone, healthy and otherwise, has the right to demand the same.
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