Ever get the sense that your doctor isn't being completely straight with you?
You're not just paranoid. A new survey finds that many docs think it's OK to lie to their patients about everything from their cozy relationships with drug companies to serious medical mistakes.
In fact, more than a third of them say patients don't need to know when their care has been botched.
This isn't just "in theory," mind you. In the past year alone, a full 20 percent of doctors say they've made a medical mistake they didn't tell the patient about -- and these are just the ones who'll admit to it.
God knows how many others have done it, but won't cop to it even in an anonymous survey.
Another 11 percent admit to telling an out-and-out lie to a patient or a child's parent, and a full 55 percent say they've given their patients a more optimistic prognosis than what they really deserve.
Truth? You can't handle the truth!
And that's not the only funny business docs are 'fessing up to: Thirty-five percent say they don't need to tell their patients about any money they collect from drug companies, even if they're prescribing the patient a med from that company.
I wish I could say I'm surprised by the survey published in Health Affairs… but I'm not.
The sad reality is the one place where you're most vulnerable -- the exam room, where you're naked except for a paper robe -- is the one place you should never let your guard down.