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Some Important Things That Many Doctors Don’t Usually Tell Their Patients

Patients expect their doctors to be 100 percent honest with them, but the reality is that doctors aren’t always totally truthful. While many doctors have worked for most of their lives to become the best in their field, some don’t yet know the ins and outs of every health situation. And sometimes, doctors may tell white lies in order not to upset their most sensitive patients. Keep reading to learn about the most important things doctors usually don’t share with their patients.


THEY WON’T TELL PATIENTS IF IT’S THEIR FIRST TIME DOING SOMETHING

There’s a first time for everything and that even applies to doctors. Every human is unique, which means that a health care professional could be dealing with a treatment or a procedure for the first time at many points in their career.


According to Board Certified Family Medicine Physician Dr. Nofisat Almaroof, doctors have the right to not share with their patients that they are doing a treatment or a procedure for the first time or if they haven’t done it in a long time.


THEY DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING

Most patients expect their doctors to be extremely knowledgeable when it comes to their health. While many doctors are experts in their field, there are still some who need refreshers.

Doctors were able to get into medical school, but patients don’t know how they ranked when it came to their grades. Dr. Anthony Youn, M.D. said, “And as long as he or she passes the tests, then that person gets to be called ‘Dr.’ just like the rest of us.”


AVOID GOING TO THE DOCTOR IN JULY

Several studies have concluded that July is the worst month to receive medical treatment. According to Dr. Youn, M.D., patients have a higher chance of getting some kind of medical error during the month of July.


This is because July 1 is the typical date when new interns begin working in hospitals and the previous interns start their residencies. This phenomenon is called the July effect. However, those who need medical attention shouldn’t rule out hospital and doctor visits because of it.


THEY WON’T SHARE THEIR AGE

One of the most common questions patients ask their doctors is their age. Some people won’t put as much trust in those who appear younger because they’re perceived as having less knowledge than older physicians.


This is why many doctors refuse to share their age with their patients. While having more experience in the medical field is a bonus, Dr. Erica Steele of Holistic Family Practice says some patients can forget that younger doctors are usually more up-to-date on newer healthcare knowledge.


DOCTORS CAN REFUSE TO PERFORM A SURGERY

Most doctors want to do what’s best for their patients. Some people may not know that doctors have the right to refuse surgeries, procedures, and treatments if they feel that they would be unfit for the patient.

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