Whenever we're ill or sustain an injury, our first course of action is to seek medical attention. The doctor examines you, gives you a diagnosis, and determines the best course of treatment. However, even with a doctor’s diagnosis, something might be rubbing you the wrong way. If you feel like you were misdiagnosed, it’s important that you get a second opinion. Follow the steps below to make sure you’re receiving the right type of care for your illness.
Doctors Make Mistakes
Doctors may have a lot of experience in their practice, but that doesn’t mean every diagnosis they make is correct. Even doctors make mistakes—which can have negative consequences for both you and them. If a doctor misdiagnoses a patient, they can end up making a person’s condition worse than it already is. According to Dolman Law, a misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice because it can lead to additional patient harm. In fact, your doctor could even lose their job as a result of misdiagnosing you because you were under their care.
Wrong Treatment Can Be Costly
Without a second opinion, you may end up being given the wrong treatment. Receiving the wrong treatment is not only dangerous to your health, but it can also be life-threatening. In addition, you may suffer financially from being misdiagnosed. Regardless if the diagnosis was wrong, you're still liable for the medical bills. Unfortunately, it’s a debt you are forced to pay. Even if it’s a mistake on the doctor’s part, the treatment is still technically yours. So, before you consider getting treatment, DeBuren Group suggests following up with another doctor to make sure it’s actually necessary. You don't want to end up paying for treatment that's ineffective.
The Symptoms Continue to Be a Problem
Lastly, if you have seen a doctor about symptoms you’ve been experiencing but those symptoms continue to persist, seek a second opinion immediately. The second doctor may actually find something that the first doctor could not. MORE Health says to not listen to a doctor that simply brushes off the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. Even if the symptoms are minor, you never know if there could be an underlying issue. Thus, it’s important to find the cause of your illness and tackle it using treatments that are specifically designed for that condition.
Getting a second opinion can actually save your life. Doctors may be educated, but they're only human and make mistakes. If you feel in your gut that something is wrong, chances are there is. Always get a second opinion to know for sure if you require extensive treatment. Even if the original diagnosis is correct, it will give you peace of mind to know that you are receiving the appropriate type of care.
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