What to do when doctors are RUDE?
I was astounded by what I saw from my daily Blog Stats report today. One special section keeps track of search engine terms that people use to find my blog. Just yesterday, somebody typed “what to do when doctor is rude” on Google and subsequently clicked on this entry which I’ve posted weeks ago. I couldn’t help but to feel amused. Nowadays, people just “google-ed” everything and anything! I tried to google the same phrase and true enough, my post and blog appeared on the 4th place in the results list! I tried “rude doctor” and kept my fingers crossed. Gee, thank God my site was not linked to that 2 reputation-damaging words. Well, at least not in the first 10 results.
Anyway, I’ve no idea who google-ed “what to do when doctor is rude” but I bet he/she must have had some unpleasant experiences with such doctors. Argh, those black sheep really do make everyone in the profession look bad. Maybe these can help the next time you bump into yet another rude, sarcastic and insensitive doctor…
- Mildly rude – If you’re the patient and understanding kind, try to forgive and forget? Maybe he had a really bad day(s) and thus the slight change in mannerism. If you don’t feel like an angel that particular day, shoot him back wth an irritated look (frowning eyes and pursed lips may work). He’ll probably catch the hint and keep the consultation short and sweet.
- Rude and he deserves no angel-treatment from you – Say something. Be straight forward. “Had a rough day/bad morning? You sound a bit edgy today.” of “I don’t really like the way you spoke to me just now” That should remind him to keep his manners in check. But don’t forget to keep yours in check too. Show him how a civilized person should behave.
- Downright rude you just wanna give him a tight slap – Now, don’t slap him. You’ll only land yourself in big trouble. He’s rude and annoying? Tell him straight to his face. Say it all out loud and clear, preferably in front of his colleagues, nurses or patients so that he’ll think twice before he lashes back at you in loud decibels or profanity. Phrase your sentences so polite that it stings. Add lots of sarcasm. I mean, LOTS – coz most doctors are immune to sarcasm after years of training in medical school and then in real practice itself. If need be, file a complaint letter to his superior or the appropriate authorities.
It’s late and this is the best I can come up with. Any better suggestions? Feel free to throw them in here. Hopefully the next time when someone else googles “what to do when doctor is rude”, they’ll see a selection of good ideas ;)Strictly Medical