Saturday, February 19, 2011

Aren't doctors supposed to be in the driver's seat?

If you're a patient, and you don't have a good doctor sitting next to you in the passenger seat, you're in trouble buddy.  Because patients who navigate without collaborating with a doctor are more likely to pursue worthless treatments, instead of pursuing treatments that have been more rigorously evaluated for their effectiveness.  Also--come on now, let's not throw doctors under the bus here--they go through a rigorous training process themselves, and see thousands of patients, and if they care a lick about you, they can help you access the best tools available to achieve the best health possible.

The problem is, your doctor doesn't own your disease.  If your diabetes is poorly controlled, you are going to be the one that is at risk for a heart attack, kidney failure, and and amputation.  And when multiple treatment options exist, who really knows better than you which options work best for you and are most aligned with the way you are made?  And as helpful as your doctor is, they have a thousand other patients they're taking care of.  And let's be realistic--sometimes things fall through the cracks....

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