This is the kind of question that makes many patients VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. It is often answered based on “LIKEABILITY“ rather than actual “PERFORMANCE.“ It is a question, none the less, we must begin to face with better honesty and objectivity if we want to see our country overcome these abysmal statistics!
We’ve convinced ourselves we have the best doctors and health care system in the world.
What tangible evidence do we use to make these claims?
This is a good criteria to use because you want a doctor to ACCURATELY determine a health problem to provide the best type of treatment. According to a study put out by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA):
“A total of 118 physicians with broad geographical representation within the United States correctly diagnosed 55.3% of the easier and 5.8% of more difficult cases.”
A correct diagnosis 55.3% of the time on EASIER conditions is slightly better than the odds of flipping a coin. 5.8% on DIFFICULT conditions is a percentage that should cause us to seriously challenge this blind faith we bestow on our doctors.
2. Thorough Examination?
A traditional exam should include:
(1) VITALS (height and weight, blood pressure, resting pulse, temperature, respiration rate)
(2) CONSULTATION (to discuss personal history, family history, discussion of symptoms)
(3) PHYSICAL EXAM
(4) LAB WORK and/or DIAGNOSTIC TESTING (if indicated by the exam)
(5) REPORT OF FINDINGS (to reveal doctors findings and recommendations INCLUDING the PATIENT’S ROLE in CORRECTING the issue or problem to prevent it from becoming a recurring/chronic condition.
Does your doctor provide a thorough examination? In addition to receiving a script for a prescription, what DETAILED explanations are you provided to overcome the problem/condition? Is the GOAL to maintain the disease or repair it? Does your doctor look at YOU or your LAB NUMBERS to determine whether you’re healthy?
These are important questions because the answers likely explain the INFERIOR quality of health a large portion of our population faces.
3. FOLLOW UP AND RESULTS?
Does your doctor schedule a follow up office visit to make certain you understand and comply with the entire treatment plan (not just the prescription part!) Does your doctor clearly explain that medication (for the most part) is NOT INTENDED FOR LIFETIME USE? It is designed to be used TEMPORARILY to stabilize an imbalance.
The only thing long term medication use (in and of itself) has resulted in is the United States achieving:
60th in life expectancy
1st in Cancer
57th in infant mortality
1st in Obesity
1 in 3 becoming Diabetic
1 in 45 children having Austism
We have reached a point where we must begin to accept our HARD WORKING, WELL EDUCATED, WELL INTENTIONED, LIKEABLE PHYSICIANS:
AREN’T GETTING THE JOB DONE!
To change these atrocious statistics, our doctors can’t keep “managing patients” by doing
MORE OF THE SAME THING!
There is a major difference between PROVIDING AN ANSWER and PROVIDING A SOLUTION. Our medical doctors have provided the “PILL” as an ANSWER to cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, depression, obesity, etc…, but have clearly FAILED at providing a SOLUTION to our downward spiraling diminishing health.
Now that you have a tangible outline to use to evaluate and judge your doctor’s performance, ask yourself, “is Dr. _______________ (fill in the blank) providing me with:
“ANSWERS” or “REAL SOLUTIONS.”
If your doctor’s “ANSWERS” supply you with a lifelong assortment of various prescriptions, which of the STATISTICS do you believe he or she will help you add your name to?