How to Fire Your Doctor and Find a New One

No one likes to find themselves at odds with their physician, but unfortunately, it does happen. Patients may have a falling out with their doctor for a variety of reasons ranging from poor bedside manner to blatant mismanagement or misdiagnosis of your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Whatever the reason, firing your doctor is not an easy thing to do, but at times it may be the wisest choice.​

Moving on from your physician could open you up to certain challenges, so it's important that the situation is dealt with carefully. No one wants to be without care or to spend a lot of time looking around for a physician. In some cases, you may be able to switch between physicians in the same practice, but some groups frown on that.

If there's not a lot of choice in physicians in your local area, it's important not to burn any bridges. The best-case scenario is for both you and your physician to agree that you've gone as far as you can together and that it's time for a change.

How to Repair Your Relationship With Your Doctor

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Before you decide to fire your doc, you should try to first repair the relationship. You'll need to put your finger on the cause of the problem: is it the doctor or is it you, the patient (and let's be honest!)?

If the problem is something that you feel the two of you can work on, you'll want to take steps to smooth things over and try to establish a better working relationship. If it's impossible to work out your differences, you'll want to consider if it's time to fire your doctor and switch to a new one.

Learn more about working positively with your doctor from this article.

Choosing the Right Doctor for Your Medical Care

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If you have tried to work things out and are still unable to develop a good rapport with your physician, you may feel that it is time to change doctors. However, finding a new physician is not as easy as picking someone out of the phone book. You are leaving your present doctor because of a fractured relationship, and you don't want to go to the trouble of switching only to end up in the same position again in a few months.

Use the information in this article to make sure you're picking the right doc for the job.

How to Change Doctors

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Changing doctors isn't as simple as making an appointment with your new physician, and leaving the old one behind. You want to make sure that you have continuity of care, and you certainly don't want to have to repeat tests or bloodwork for your new doctor if you just had them done with your old doctor.

In this article, find out how to respectfully leave your old doctor, get your records and test results, and start off on the right foot with your new doctor.

How to Write a Letter to the Doctor You Are Leaving When You Change Doctors

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You may decide that you want to let your doctor know why you have decided to leave her care. You can do that during an appointment, over the phone, or you could write a letter. Writing a letter can also serve as a formal request to have your medical records released to you or forwarded to your new doctor.

This article will help you decide if you'd like to write a letter and also provides a sample letter that you can customize to your circumstances.

A Word From Verywell

Whatever you decide to do, honesty (tinged with some tact) is probably the best policy. Sometimes people just don't get along. The problem is that it's rather taken for granted that people should be able to go to any doctor and have the relationship go swimmingly.

However, in reality, that's not always the case. The best course of action is one of truth and respect, which will help you get on your way to receiving the care you need from a physician you can work with.

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