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6 Signs You Need a New Doctor

Just because you've seen the same one for years doesn't mean it's the right one.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were close to one billion visits to physicians' offices in 2016. One billion. Over 80 percent of adults saw a doctor at least once during that time — and some saw their doctor a lot. Many people only go when something is wrong, get their prescription and head out the door until the next time. Others need more care and see their various doctors often in order to stay as healthy as possible. Whether you fall into one of these groups, or somewhere in between, there may come a time when you have to ask yourself, "Is it time for a new doctor?"

They Just Don't Seem to Listen

Doctors are busy. There's no denying that. However, when the doctor is in the room with you, their attention should be on you. That means they are listening to what you say, and understanding it. If you feel that they are not, and haven't been for a while, it may be time to move on.

They Don't Believe You

There are people who fake illness and symptoms for attention or to get out of something. It's true. However, if you feel that your doctor thinks you are lying and is not taking you seriously, then it may be time to move on.

They Dismiss You and Your Ideas

Now, it's true that research on the Internet does not replace a medical degree or experience. But, if you bring information to your doctor and they don't even bother to look at it or listen to your ideas when it comes to your health, that's a problem.

They Refuse to Refer You

Some insurance plans require your general practitioner to refer you to a specialist such as an orthopedic or surgeon. If your doctor refuses and you feel that it is necessary for your health to see a specialist, it's probably time to find a new GP.

Attitude is Everything

It takes a lot of hard work to become a doctor. No one denies that. However, if your doctor is inconsiderate or condescending, it's not a good relationship. Some people don't mind it, and others do. If the doctor's attitude and manner bother you, move on.

You Can Never Get In

There's not usually instant gratification when it comes to getting an appointment with your doctor. But sometimes it's a little more pressing and you can't wait weeks or months. If you feel like you can never get in to see your doctor when you need to, it may be time to find another practice.

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