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Some people are lucky enough to have a lifetime relationship with their doctors like they do with a child or spouse. Most of us, however, will unfortunately not experience a Marcus Welby physician who makes house calls, doesn’t charge people who can’t afford the care, and might even preform a surgery if the opportunity arose.

People naturally change doctors in the course of life for many different reasons.

A few representative reasons might include:

These reasons are a natural part of life and not out of the ordinary. There are, however, several factors that might cause you to seek a new doctor that are entirely different.

This is not a decision to be taken lightly, as both you and your doctor have likely invested time in the relationship and you may need to work hard to establish a relationship with another doctor. Nevertheless, the following four scenarios are indications that it may be time to consider such a change:

  1. Failure to establish rapport. #e all want to feel taken care of, have our needs met, and trust that our doctor is making the best decisions for us. If your doctor fails to perform a complete history and physical exam or fails to establish appropriate rapport with you, you may want to consider if another doctor is a better fit for you. It is difficult to trust the feeling that your doctor is doing less than their best for you. You need to have the confidence that your doctor knows not only what to do, but also the faith that your doctor will follow through appropriately.

  1. Hesitance to refer to a specialist. While doctors may disagree on diagnoses, they should not hesitate to refer you to a specialist if you express interest in seeing one. For example, if you ask your doctor about a particular diagnostic imaging procedure, he may reassure you with an explanation about why the procedure is not needed. However, if you remain concerned or your symptoms persist, it is your right to reach out for a second opinion.

  1. Making light of your symptoms. Any doctor who makes light of your symptoms or fails to really “hear” about your problems does not deserve to have you as a patient. If you bring up symptoms, especially repetitively, and your doctor does not acknowledge or respond to them, your doctor is not doing their job.

  2. Your doctor is a poor communicator You and your doctor need to communicate openly and honestly about your health conditions, concerns, treatments, and symptoms. If you are not able to tell your doctor, for example, that you have sought behavioral health services in the past, there is a real problem.

    If your doctor is not an effective communicator, you may need to look elsewhere. Poor communication can lead to inappropriately ordering or failing to order many services you may need.

    If your doctor is a good communicator, you will:

    • Know that your health troubles and concerns are being dealt with more systematically and accurately.
    • Feel more satisfied with the care you receive.
    • Better understand why your doctor is ordering tests and prescribing treatment.
    • Be more compliant with treatment.

    If your doctor is a good communicator, they will:

    • Look directly at you during your office visit and use other non-verbal skills to improve doctor-patient communication.
    • Encourage you to go into detail about your health concerns.
    • Ask you how you think your treatment is going, whether it be behavioral health or cardiovascular services.
    • Avoid interruptions by allowing you to make your point without interjecting.
    • Clarify your statements to make sure they understand your concerns or problems.
    • Ask you to summarize what they told you in order to ensure understanding.


    Givens, JT. Thirteen Reasons Why Patients Change Doctors. Journal of the National medical association. 1957 May; 49(3): 174–175.

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