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How to repair your relationship with your doctor

Figure out what caused the problem. You may find the reason on this list of doctors’ biggest complaints about patients. If it’s something that can’t be fixed, then move on. You and your doctor will never see eye-to-eye and you won’t get the care you need and deserve.

If you have been able to fix the problem, then it’s time to make an appointment to apologize. Explain what went wrong, and why you feel your doctor is the best person to help you with your medical situation. Tell her you will do your best to make sure the difficulty does not crop up again. This may or may not get you back in your doctor’s good graces. Your doctor’s reaction will help you decide whether the relationship will improve enough to ensure you’ll get the care you need.

In all cases, be sure to get copies of your medical records including any records created while under this doctor’s care, plus any other doctors he or she has referred you to. You’ll need to comb them for possible notations that could be detrimental to your healthcare possibilities in the future and correct your medical records if you do find information that should not be there.