by Frank Lalli
October 30th, 2015
The next time you’re leaving the doctor’s office, ask yourself whom you want to thank for your visit. The receptionist who treated you kindly? The nurse who took a little extra time? The doctor who patiently answered question after question? Or none of the above?
“If you can’t think of anyone to thank, you may want to find another physician,” says Allan “Chip” Teel, M.D., a family doctor in Damariscotta, Maine, who is affiliated with the Lown Institute, a nonprofit, Boston-based think tank working to help make health care affordable and effective. Teel and his colleagues believe the closer your relationship with your doctor, the better your care will be—with fewer needless, costly procedures, tests and referrals to specialists.
“Boomers, especially, are too forgiving of disrespectful doctors,” says Vikas Saini, M.D., cardiologist and president at the Lown Institute.
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