What to Do When You Disagree With Your Doctor

You love your doctor (hopefully). But there will come a day when you don’t see eye to eye. Having questions or concerns doesn’t make you a bad patient—but not talking about it, might. Here’s how to do it.

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Be a better patient

By Amanda Gardner

You trust your doctor (we hope). But there are times when you may not see eye to eye. She wants you to take a certain drug or see a specialist—or not—and you think she's just plain wrong. Or you're worried that you can’t afford it.

What should you do? Don't slink out of the office without bothering to mention your objections. (This makes physicians really cranky.) Think of your doctor as your partner, not your boss.

Here are some tips on how to express your questions or concerns in a number of common scenarios.

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