From The Physician Executive in 2007, but I could have written it last week.
CNN had an article on how to fire your doctor.
I agree. Sometimes it’s about chemistry. Some patients and I are like oil and vinegar, others like fire and gasoline. I have always invited these patients to seek care elsewhere with no hard feelings.
Somewhere in the corporate transition, this message got lost. My previous employer almost had a hissy fit.
The alternative is an unhappy patient who doesn’t trust their doctor, who doesn’t really like their patient but is seeing them begrudgingly out of some kind of moral obligation.
If that isn’t a recipe for a lawsuit, I don’t know what is.
Each physician-patient relationship is different. You are looking for a match. This applies to the patient, but is also good practice for the organization.