Good Patient / Bad Patient

You’re a “Good” Patient When… You’re a “Bad” Patient When…
You worry what your doctor thinks of you. You don’t worry whether your doctor likes you.
You worry about insulting your doctor. Your doctor learns that you speak your mind and won’t hestitate to seek a second opinion.
You worry about sounding stupid in front of your doctor. You ask lots of questions and listen with a critical ear to what your doctor tells you.
You think repeatedly about leaving your doctor, but you don’t. You “fire” a doctor who fails to listen to you and to deliver appropriate health care.

Inspired by “How to Be a ‘Bad Patient’”, Elizabeth Cohen, The Empowered Patient, Ballantine Books, 2010.

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