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10 situations GPs are sick of getting into
 

10 situations GPs are sick of getting into

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Being a General Practitioner (GP) or a family doctor is a role unlike that of most other medical specialists. GPs are often a patient’s first point of contact and provide a more holistic care approach to their patients - which can make for some sticky situations.
 
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29 Sep 2016 - General
 
Alex Ngai Though it would be nice to have at least one main doctor who you could see for your regular needs your situation isn't the negative form of doctor shopping. Doctor shopping basically is the patient who feels he/she needs to go to various doctors for their one current problem because they did not like the other one's diagnosis or treatment etc. I do understand why that happens though but its just...
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Tarah Cadiz Funny how patients try to manipulate us sometimes. They make us believe they’re very ill only to find out that they have other intentions. Its saddening especially if we sacrifice our mealtimes, sleeping hours and even shower hours for these kinds of patients! Mark Edmon Tan Oh believe me, I tried so hard not to say ...
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I'm DEFINITELY GUILTY of being the self-diagnosing patient! In Singapore, it's not so common for people to stick to one clinic or doctor for their lifetime, people may change the clinic that they visit based on their personal or company insurance coverage, and its quite rare to always see the same doctor. This means that when I see a doctor for my chronic problems, I usually just come out and tell him exactly what problem I have, and since I've had my chronic problems for so long, I&...
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I feel the frustration of patients deciding to come in at the eleventh hour. No one could blame them though as most people would try to do self-remedy first (especially with the help of internet) before consulting a doctor. Others force themselves into working while being sick and this prevents them from consulting a physician immediately. Jennifer Winter Those who ask for medical certificates are really annoying...
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Recently at one ER duty of mine, one patient decided to go doctor shopping. She complained of breast mass, at 11 pm. The case was actually non emergent, no pain, no erythema, the breast actually looks like its normal anatomical self. Upon palpation, there was actually no mass-- only to find out that she noticed that mass last year. She was asking for an emergency breast ultrasound and emergency mammogram. Who performs an emergency mammogram? She was persistent about it because she wants her HMO ...
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I somehow feel the pain of the writer! I think this article does not only apply to GP's but to specialists as well. These are all too common in our practice. It really saddens me to be judged especially because of my gender. When I was a general surgery resident, I attended to this high profile senior patient who told me "You're a surgeon? What can you do? Can you even do a circumcision?." It was very insulting but I let go of the remark since I don't think its wise to reas...
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oh the "you-know-why-I-am-here-just give-me-that-MC patient" and the "you are in it for the money patients". I dread those. If I was looking to be rich I wouldn't be a doctor. I do not mind the patient who googles their symptoms all too much as they show that they are interested in their condition. I like the patient who wants to know more and I genuinely like it when they ask questions. I don't like it of course when they throw Dr. Google at me like I don't know ...
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There are more of these cases when you're a GP or in Family med but this is true also for specialists. From my experience, the most number of really annoying patients are those who are HMO holders who are faking an illness to get a medical certificate. I get them a lot especially after holidays and weekends. If they don't get what they want, they get mad and since they are card holders, they just shop for other MDs who'll give them what the certificate they need to be excused from wo...
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Not only Gps and family doctors actually. I guess they are the most likely to encounter these situations of course but all other specialties have their share from these incidents for sure especially with Goldfish memory patients who are always a test for doctor’s patience. Trying to tame the occasional naughty kids is an another exhausting issue. Also Judgmental patients are there for every doctor. They may judge the doctor upon the doctor’s age, sex or even race!! And of course some specialitie...
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