The relationship between patients and doctors is often wired because the doctor sees you when you are at your weakest point. During this time, the doctor will access your most private information; from the location of your illness to details about your intimate social life. While the doctors get the opportunity to peruse through your secrets, the details about your doctor remain out of bound or are simply be based on conjecture. Here is a list of 10 online health care secrets your local doctor wants to keep away from you:
1. We track data on your behalf
Some health care facilities use big data to improve the level of care and patient satisfaction. The information that is sought includes; patient’s health condition, profession, ethnicity, age and ZIP code. This information is cross referenced with those of patients in the hospital surveys to figure out your preferences.
2. Hospital food can make your situation worse
Bad food choices can aggravate your condition, especially if there is no prior communication between the pharmacy and dietary center at the hospital. For instance, if you are on hypertension drugs that normally raise the levels of potassium in the body. You may experience problems, if you take potassium rich fruits such as bananas or orange juice.
3. Hospital specialist will quietly pad your bill
Some physicians hire consultants to check and document every care given to the patient, while doing this these consultants will quietly pad your bill. To counter hospital transgressions, ask the duty nurse or doctor whether some of these visits are necessary.
4. Hospitals often side with their doctors
Hospitals everywhere are often hard-pressed to keep their doctors contended, even when patients complain about the care or outcome. The hospitals do this because they know specialized professionals like surgeons and anesthesiologists bring in patients, which in turn translates into lots of cash.
5. Come with your own toiletries
Always make it a point to carry your own toiletries when admitted to the hospital because many toiletries in the hospital are awful. Some of the things you are likely to find include; bar soaps that are unfriendly to the skin, watery lotions and non-comfortable toilet papers. The list is endless.
6. The VIP patient next door can affect your care
VIP patients in most hospitals get special treatment like special care areas and chart notation with alerts. When these patient ring a bell, their requests, however how minor are given priority and this may affect the care given to other patients depending on the same staff.
7. Medics don’t like electronic paperwork
Most medics don’t like entering electronic medical records. In addition, some of the suggestions appearing on the screen give doctors very little room to understand what they are doing.
8. Hospitals discourage readmission
New hospital rules mean hospitals may face penalties when patients are readmitted within 30 days of discharge. To minimize such instances, hospital case managers will call you a day or two after discharge to check if you have any questions or concerns. The manager will also make sure your prescription is filled and all appointments honored.
9. Unnecessary tests
Studies show that up to 30% of all the procedures, tests and medicines taken in the hospital are unnecessary. Most of these procedures are undertaken because they are demanded by patients, but this is still a malpractice.
10. Hospital staff bet on or against patients
Some hospital staffs are known to bet on their patients based on issues such as the level of blood alcohol, type of injury and the outcome of risky procedures among other issues.