It takes several years of studying and training to become a doctor. This is because medical professionals are tasked with looking after the health of other people. Often, it is literally a case of life and death.
You want your doctor to be assured and competent at what they do, but sometimes, there is a fine line between this and arrogance. Your doctor should always act professionally and treat you with respect. Outlined below are some signs of arrogance that you should look out for.
Not listening to your symptoms
Of course, much of the diagnostic procedure is scientific. Nonetheless, a large part of this also involves listening to how the patient is feeling. Doctors should leave no stone unturned while making a diagnosis. Of course, a faster diagnosis is beneficial but what’s most important is that the correct diagnosis is made. A doctor who has become complacent may miss out on key details and come to an inaccurate diagnosis that puts the patient in danger.
Not showing you respect
Doctors owe you a duty of care. Not only does this involve treating you appropriately, but they should also respect you as a human being. Medical staff should never purposely make you feel uncomfortable. You should always be able to reach a member of staff if you have questions regarding your condition or treatment. Medical malpractice doesn’t only involve actions that have been taken, omissions can also be a factor.