When Teflon doctors meet Velcro patients

Sometimes you need to mentally take a step back and look at the bigger picture, says this GP

I guess I should take it as a compliment when patients come to see me after visiting a specialist and ask me a bunch of difficult specialty-related questions.


“Did you ask the specialist that?” I typically ask, and the answer will be a plain “no”.

I’ve seen it in action. Some doctors speak quickly, say a lot and exude so much authority that it’s hard to stop and question them. There is also the fact that on a first visit there isn’t yet much of a doctor-patient relationship.

As a long-term family doctor, I’m probably viewed as