An article on consumer healthcare today – read this! It is ”news to use” everyone.
If you are depending on your healthcare provider and trusting that his communication with you is always in your best healthcare interest – don’t be so sure. If you are smart enough, healthy enough and savvy enough, you will be able to know the truths from the untruths — but how many can do that?
What would you do if you could not get information and an honest answer from your healthcare provider? — if go elsewhere is your response, you should be aware that because of malpractice threats and suits, healthcare providers abide by an unwritten rule to protect their colleagues first and regardless, and they expect the same from those colleagues in return. Unfortunately, it is not if this will happen to you but when it will happen. What will you do?
Personally, I have been so incredibly fortunate to have good health and mostly good healthcare providers throughout my life. However, my “when” happened with a recent surgery. Following surgery, I knew information was being withheld, and I knew I was being told untruths. My surgical consequences are not life threatening, but they are life changing. Sadly, the surgeon is a friend of a friend, and in addition, passed my pre surgery due diligence. I expected the best, and at the very least, accountability.
Have we allowed healthcare providers to now have immunity from accountability unless taken through the courts? It is no small wonder malpractice costs and the trickle down costs back to consumers are out of control!!
Excerpt: Researchers surveyed more than 1,800 physicians from around the country, working in a variety of specialties, to ask about how they perceive and handle patient communications.
Nearly 35 percent of respondents said they did not “completely agree” that they should disclose serious medical errors to their patients, and approximately 20 percent said they had not revealed a mistake to a patient in the last year because they feared being sued.
Read full article via Patient Communication Study Shows Doctors Regularly Withhold Truth. From HuffPost