You’ve sifted through the old magazines. You’ve filled out all of your insurance paperwork.
Now, it’s finally time to plop down on that exam table and be seen by your doctor.
Maybe you have a health problem that’s been bothering you for weeks… or even months.
But be careful. Because that doctor’s visit could go off the rails FAST.
Many patients make a crucial mistake during their appointments – just 11 seconds into them.
And the consequences can be dangerous… even deadly.
What’s the mistake? Letting your doctor interrupt you.
When researchers from the University of Florida recently looked at more than 100 doctor-patient visits, they found something shocking: Once you start telling your doctor what’s wrong, he’ll interrupt you, on average, after just 11 seconds.
That’s not just rude -- it’s irresponsible.
And here’s where the study gets scary: TWO-THIRDS of the time, these interrupting doctors ended up being DEAD WRONG about why their patients were visiting!
I spend a lot of time with my patients – it’s one of the reasons I’ve been able to build a successful practice.
But man, oh, man, I’ve seen my physician colleagues do this more times than I can count.
They try to speed up the conversation, and they jump to conclusions that are completely incorrect.
And too many patients get intimidated in a doctor’s office – so they let the doctor monopolize the conversation and fail to get the help they’re seeking.
Now, the Florida researchers point out that there are lots of reasons this may be happening.
Doctors aren’t trained very well on patient communication in medical school (which is absolutely RIDICULOUS).
And the way the insurance industry works, doctors need to see patients as quickly as possible. This has led to the rise of what I call “conveyor belt medicine.”
But it doesn’t matter what the reason is… the behavior is completely unacceptable. Interrupting patients after 11 seconds is ignorant and arrogant.
You deserve to feel comfortable and listened to during your doctor’s appointments. After all, your doctor works for you – not the other way around.
Never let your doctor interrupt you and take over the conversation before you’ve had a full chance to explain your health concerns.
Remind him that good manners go a long way.
And if you don’t feel like your doctor listens to you, do yourself a favor that will save you a lot of heartache.
Get a new doctor.