You might think the world of your doctor… and trust him to the ends of the Earth and back again.
But do yourself a favor, my friend, and take a page out of Ronald Reagan's book…
TRUST… but VERIFY!
Reagan didn't come up with that, by the way. It was an old saying by the Russkies that the Gipper turned back on them.
But new research shows why that should apply as much to your healthcare as it does to nuclear missile talks.
I'm talking about medical malpractice.
And taking this one extra step…VERIFYING your doctor's advice, even if you TRUST him… could make a LIFE-OR-DEATH difference!
Get the RIGHT treatment… EVERY time
I know we ALL like to trust our doctors.
But I've got 1,740,000,000 reasons to be skeptical of ANY diagnosis from ANY doctor… no matter how good they are.
Because that's how much insurers pay out each year to settle diagnostic-related malpractice suits, according to a new analysis.
No doubt, SOME of those suits are bunk.
Insurers often look for the fastest, cheapest way out – and sometimes, coughing up dough to shut up some nut with a weird claim is way more efficient than going to trial.
But the bulk of those cases are caused by docs who've royally SCREWED UP!
According to the analysis, there are 3 most common reasons for those big mistakes.
REASON #1: Test? Who needs a test???
I know, I know. We get tested up the wazoo. We get so many tests, so often, for so many reasons… and many of them are unnecessary.
Yet the new analysis also finds many cases of malpractice could've been AVOIDED if docs had just ordered up a key test to CONFIRM or DOUBLE-CHECK the diagnosis.
And nearly 1 in 4 got the right test results at the right time… but didn't actually follow up with the patient about them.
REASON #2: Show me a sign!
Nearly as many docs mess up because they've MISSED a key warning sign, test result, or symptom – one that, in hindsight, was STARING them right in the face.
In other words… they weren't paying attention, or didn't take a close enough look at the test results and/or the patient's description of their signs and symptoms.
REASON #3: Paging Dr. Know-it-All
The new study finds 36% of malpractice cases involve “confirmation bias” -- or when docs settle on a diagnosis early and then ONLY look at the evidence that supports that initial knee-jerk reaction (emphasis on the “jerk”).
Too many docs are SO full of themselves that they think they know what's wrong right away… practically the moment the patient walks in… and nothing they learn after that will SWAY them.
What do these 3 problems I just shared with you have in common?
Nearly ALL of them could be solved by getting a second opinion…
And I don't just mean the doc bringing in a colleague from the same practice to stand next to him and nod in agreement.
Go and get a truly independent opinion from a doctor or specialist at a separate practice.
And ideally, get the opinion of a naturopathic physician – one who's willing to take some time and go over ALL of your options instead of the most profitable one.
In Your Corner,
Dr. Allan Spreen
P.S. Some docs shouldn't even be in business. Click here for how to spot one who's NOTHING but trouble… from MILES away!