Life with chronic illness often includes numerous health care providers which
carries it’s own challenge.
A collaborative health care team can enhance and improve your life whereas mismatch with even one doctor can have serious or even life threatening results.
According to a 2010 Practice Fusion survey, patients average 18.7 different doctors.
For those with chronic illness, especially multiple rare chronic illnesses such as my daughter, that number can easily double or triple.
My daughter has seen roughly 35 doctors, not including urgent care, ER or hospital attendings.
Some doctors, especially specialists, will be seen for a short while for a specific issue vs your primary care provider, who is with you through the long haul.
Your criteria for what is acceptable for each one is slightly different but remember it is your health at stake, you have a choice in who you work with.
Although it is important to carefully weigh the pros and cons prior to switching doctors, it is equally important to periodically review the the impact of not making a change.
Ultimately, you (or your loved one) are the one whose life will be affected by decisions made by or with your providers.
Your health and quality of life are dependent on your doctor and your medical team.
You deserve to work with someone that works with you and is the right fit for your circumstances.