Some studies have found that doctors often struggle to listen to their patients. In many cases, they will interrupt them or talk over them. One study discovered that this happened in 11 seconds in a typical case.
When you go to the doctor, you clearly expect them to pay attention to your concerns and suggest the right treatment. If they fail to listen to you, you may not get the treatment that you need. If they interrupt you, they may miss out on key information that you could have provided to help with the diagnosis. So why does this happen?
The doctor may be making an assumption
Some doctors just see so many cases that they make assumptions or jump to conclusions. For instance, you could complain about chest pain and the doctor may assume that you’re having a heart attack, even though that’s not the actual cause of your pain. But heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and heart attacks are very common, so doctors tend to think of them first.
The doctor is in a rush
Another potential reason is simply that the doctor is in a rush. Appointments are often scheduled in very short windows and so doctors know that they only have a few minutes to talk to you. If they feel like they can get through it more quickly by talking over you or making quick assumptions, they may be tempted to do so. They can feel outside pressure from their own schedule.
Needless to say, if the doctor doesn’t listen to you and you get substandard care, you may rightly assume that that is not the type of care that you deserved. If you’ve suffered serious injuries or even life-altering changes, make sure you know how to seek financial compensation.