Hospitals, HMOs and doctors not telling the patient about alternative diagnoses, treatment and therapies.

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Is the doctor or hospital letting you make your healthcare decisions?

For some reason, physicians and healthcare providers sometimes do not bother to inform patients and discuss alternative options about different treatment and therapies. Some doctors think they know best and that they can make the decisions for you and your child.

However, it is ultimately up to the patients to decide which option they want to choose after doctors have relayed to them all the important information and implications of each option.

If the doctor is keeping information from you, like an alternative treatment option that he may or may not agree with, he is essentially saying that he knows better than you, or the treatment is too expensive, or your health insurance won't pay for it.

Whatever his personal feeling, you have a right to know. If he takes the time to explain why he doesn't think the treatment will help you or your family member or why the certain diagnosis is unlikely, fine. If he doesn't because he doesn't have time to talk or doesn't think you'd understand, or that you don't need to know, find another doctor.

Patients need to know medical treatment options.

Patients have the right to know at all times what is happening to their bodies and it is the doctors' job to relay that information.

We have seen cases where the hospital staff never informed patients about a serious diagnosis and treatment options until it was too late to do anyting about it.

We have written books and short guides on medical malpractice in D.C., Maryland and Virginia - based on what we have seen in DC area hospitals. As a patient, you need to do everyting you can to be informed. Yes, the doctors and nurses know the medicine, but keep asking questions until you get good answers.

The best way to stop medical mistakes and malpractice is to recognize it and that's why we wrote; 7 Symptoms of Medical Malpractice: How Every Patient Can Recognize, Stop and Avoid Medical Mistakes.

Make sure you get your free copy today by calling us at (202) 393-3320 or sending us an email at [email protected].

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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