Is Your Doctor A Danger?
With all this talk of overprescription, reckless prescribing, Medicaid fraud, and more, we want to offer you some tips on being your own patient advocate. With some doctors making a bad name for doctors, it is up to each of us to watch out for signs of fraud and malpractice, and to be vigilant with our own health.
If you suspect a doctor may be doing you more harm than good, here are some questions you should answer:
- When you visit your doctor, is the nurse, a physician’s assistant, and/or a doctor taking the time to talk to you about your condition? If not, how can they adequately diagnose you and help treat your injury or illness?
- Do you feel like adequate testing was done? Or perhaps an abundance of testing you feel was unnecessary? Was the testing explained? Were the test results explained? A quick way to catch a malpractice or fraud is by noting how thoroughly you are examined. If you are not provided with adequate tests, your problems will likely go undiagnosed. However, if you are subjected to a barrage of testing that seems to all give you the same answers, it may be that your doctor has found a way to draw more money from your insurance.
- Is your condition improving, changing, or worsening? If you notice your symptoms remaining static, or your health declining, there is a good chance you are getting the wrong kind of treatment. This is a good time to speak up and become your own advocate, or find a different doctor and get a second opinion on your health care plan.
- Is your doctor’s answer for every problem you have to simply write another prescription and send you on your way? Are you currently taking multiple prescription medications? Because of their availability, and doctors’ willingness to write prescriptions for painkillers, there are over 1.9 million Americans currently addicted to prescription painkillers, and someone dies as a result of prescription overdose every 25 minutes.
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it may be time to seek out another opinion from a qualified medical doctor. While it could be coincidence, or you could have a condition that is expected to worsen, why take risks with your own health? Remember that you have the final say in your health.
If you have questions regarding a drug injury or medical malpractice you have suffered, our attorneys are available to you with just a simple phone call. Contact us today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a risk-free consultation with us.