How to Spot a Bad Doctor
MAY 10, 2016
Ryan Gray, MD
Many physicians use higher workloads, fewer resources (personnel and otherwise), and increased pressure from insurance and drug companies as excuses for providing poor customer service. The fact is, there is no excuse. It doesn’t cost a thing to be respectful, and it will probably prove to be more efficient in the long run.
By steering your patients away from bad doctors and setting an example of how a good doctor behaves, you are single-handedly doing something positive for the medical profession. Plus, you are ensuring the success of your own practice. When it comes to doctors, good reputations travel fast—and bad reputations travel even faster.
In Texas last year, a neurosurgeon made the news after being charged with several counts of aggrevated assault. This surgeon seemed to be actively trying to hurt patients in the operating room and it wasn't until another surgeon physically restrained him did this stop. The problem is that nobody before this time spoke up. Nobody had the courage to speak out against a fellow physician. That has to stop.
Steering your patients away isn't enough in some cases. Reporting the physician to the state medical board will hopefully protect your patients and your community.