Expert Shares What You Should Say to Your Doctor If You Feel Like They Are Rushing Or In a Hurry

Dr. Suneel Dhand - MedStoic Lifestyle Medicine

Going to a doctor’s office can be stressful for many people. It could be a routine physical exam, but the reason for going could be because something is wrong, like you’re sick or have a broken bone.

Regardless of the reason for seeing a doctor, the number one hope of patients is that the doctor will make everything all better. Either you’ll receive good news after a physical exam or be told about treatment options for a medical condition.

Patients often have lots of questions for doctors, and that’s good. It’s important to tell doctors any symptoms you have and anything that you’re worried about. It’s also important to make sure you understand next steps, like when to make another appointment or what treatment to do while at home.

The last thing a patient wants is for a doctor to make him or her feel rushed. You don’t want to leave a doctor’s office with unanswered questions or feeling like you didn’t have a chance to bring up your concerns. That might leave you feeling like your doctor doesn’t really care about your health.

A good bedside manner includes making a patient feel at ease, and part of that is taking time to listen and explain. If a doctor seems like he or she is in a hurry, you might feel like he or she isn’t listening, but that’s probably not the case.

Dr. Suneel Dhand knows that patients sometimes feel like their doctor is in a hurry. In fact, he believes this happens every single day. He also believes that doctors never ever want patients to feel like they are being rushed. That’s why he wants to let us all in on a little tip. He wants us, the patients, to know what we can do to alert the doctor that we feel like we’re being rushed, and he tells us how to do this while still being respectful.

Watch the video below to hear what Dr. Dhand thinks patients should say if they feel like their doctor is in a hurry. It’s simple yet effective advice.

Has your doctor ever made you feel like he or she was in a hurry? Are you going to try Dr. Dhand’s advice?