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What do doctors do if they dislike a patient?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
They do not dislike: Doctors do not dislike patients , they may disagree if patients are non-complaint , not following medical advice, and resisting treatments, then terminate the patient-physician contract ( an obligation and will not take care any longer ), give enough time to find a new physician.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
I disagree. We doctors are humans. We really like some patients, and if we are honest, there are patients we dislike.
Apr 1, 2013
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Provided original answer
I disagree with Dr Devon , why should a doctor dislike a patient , if follows instructions, takes medications , keeps appointments and pays for services why any doctor dislike the patient , personal prejudice and bios should not effect patient physician relations taking care of sick is not a job is mission for doctor.
Apr 1, 2013
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Hard to say: First, a doctor has to recognize that (s)he dislikes a patient. Many doctors will not admit this to themselves, so it comes out in other ways. (s)he may joke about the patient with other doctors as a way to relieve tension, or avoid seeing the patient by cancelling/moving appointments, or may be curt and inattentive when the patient comes in. If you sense your doctor dislikes you, get a new one!

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