Take back your lunch money
If you feel that a doctor is behaving like a bully, either to you or your elderly loved one, you should speak up. Don’t just shrug off bad behavior that could be compromising the quality of care your loved one is receiving.
Doctors are experts in their field, but that does not exclude them from engaging in proper behavior when dealing with a patient or their caregiver. Confronting an abusive doctor by either calling them on their conduct or taking the matter to a supervisor is a good way to deal with the situation.
Standing up to a bully is not easy, but Riggio says that it’s usually an effective technique.
If the doctor chooses to persist with their intimidation, it is time to find a new care provider for your elderly loved one. You may also choose to report a doctor whose behavior has been particularly egregious to the state licensing board, medical society, or the American Medical Association. No one should be forced to tolerate harassment from anyone, let alone a person who is supposed to be looking out for their health and well-being.
As Kelley says, “A bully is a bully…even if he/she is wearing a long white coat and carrying a stethoscope.”
Doctors Who Bully originally appeared on AgingCare.com.