10 Warning Signs That It’s Time to Switch Doctors

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For whatever reason — be it a difference of opinion or personality — sometimes you and your doctor just don’t click, making your health care even more stressful than it already is. The decision to change doctors can be difficult to make, especially if you’ve been with your doctor for a long time and developed an intimate relationship with them. But if you’re experiencing some of these warning signs, it can ultimately have an impact on your health, and so it might be time to consider making a change. Here are 10 signs that it may be time to switch doctors.

10. It’s Difficult to Schedule an Appointment

Being able to see your doctor when you need to is important. A lack of availability can mean your doctor has too large of a patient load, which means you miss out on valuable face time, even in those instances when you manage to get in an appointment. A doctor who is inaccessible is keeping you from the quality health care you deserve.

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9. Wait Times Are Exceptionally Long

While everyone has to wait before seeing their doctor, unusually long wait times can be a red flag. Say you go in for your scheduled appointment, and you find every seat in the waiting room is filled. After a significant wait, you finally get into a room, but your doctor spends as little time as possible with you before being ushered to the next appointment. These signs can indicate that your time is not being respected, and that profits are being prioritized over people. Don’t lose a day waiting to see your doctor. Try to find one who won’t always keep you waiting.

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8. Getting Test Results Takes Forever

It’s only reasonable for patients to want their test results back in a timely manner. While a doctor’s time is valuable, so is yours. Your doctor’s responsibilities include getting back to you with your results. If they are consistently unable to do this, don’t be afraid to look for a doctor who will be able to get back to you in a timely fashion.

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Click ‘next’ to read on and learn more signs that indicate it may be time to change doctors.

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