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How patients can get better care from doctors

North Carolina doctors may not be spending as much time with their patients as the patients would like. However, representatives from Saint Vincent's Healthcare and Billings Clinic have suggestions for how patients can get the most from an appointment. Ideally, patients will stick to talking about the symptoms that led them to see a doctor in the first place. As a general rule, it may be best to stick to two problems per appointment.

Those who have more than two health issues may be better served by asking for an additional appointment to discuss those concerns. It may also be a good idea for patients to stay vigilant about voicing concerns about their health. If a doctor does not take those concerns seriously, it may be a good idea to start looking for another physician to talk to.

In some cases, doctors may fail to properly diagnose a patient because a condition isn't typically seen in a given area. For instance, Lyme disease is not native to the state of Montana where two patients say that they had the condition but were not diagnosed properly. One patient said that she saw 30 doctors both locally and in other areas in an effort to get a proper diagnosis.

A failure to diagnose a patient's condition may constitute malpractice on the part of a doctor or other medical professional. Those who may have been the victim of such malpractice may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. An attorney will obtain the opinions of medical experts as to whether the error constituted a failure to exhibit the requisite standard of care.

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