When Teflon doctors meet Velcro patients
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