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Why is your doctor spending less time with you?

| Apr 28, 2017 | Failure to Diagnose

You go to see your doctor in Kew Gardens likely expecting that he or she will take the time to sit down and devote all of his or her attention to you. However, such an expectation is often not met these days as doctors seem to be flying from one exam room to the next at ever-increasing speeds. This may prompt the question of how likely is it that your doctor will be able to correctly diagnose your medical problems if he or she is only giving you a few minutes of attention?

Study information shared by Business Insider shows that most commonly reported time spent in actual face-to-face care between doctors and patients is 13-16 minutes. While some may view that as a sign of improvement in the efficiency with which doctors operate, others may argue that it shows a greater dedication to simply getting patients out the door as opposed to offering quality care. Many point to the higher patient volumes that resulted from the passage of the Affordable Care Act as to why your doctor may have less time to spend with you. Others may say that the fee-for-service model still employed by the health insurance industry is to blame. Those who subscribe to this line of thinking claim that physicians are attempting to see more patients in an effort to pad their bottom lines.

Whatever the reason is behind the shorter doctor visits that you experience today, the toll that this trend has taken on patient care includes:

  •          A deterioration of the doctor-patient relationship
  •          Increases in prescriptions as treatment methods as opposed to recommended lifestyle changes
  •          A higher likelihood of misdiagnoses

You can, however, attempt to maintain more control over your care by insisting that your doctor take the time to address all of your concerns. 

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