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Signs It's Time to Change Your Doc

Working with your health care provider can help you affordably and effectively treat psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. When that relationship isn't working, it's harder to get better.

Here are some signs it's time to find a new doctor:

  • Your doctor doesn't listen to you.
    Does your doctor provide the same treatment advice regardless of what you tell him or her? Not every patient should be treated the same way. If your doctor isn't listening to you, it may be time to find one who does. "You want someone who is going to listen to your specific needs and treat you as an individual," said Dr. Colby Evans of Evans Dermatology Partners in Austin, Texas.
  • Your doctor doesn't give you enough time.
    Doctors are notorious for making patients wait before appointments. There are several reasons you might wait, such as if a doctor sees a lot of patients or if your doctor performs surgery, which can run longer than expected. However, if your wait is excessively long, or your appointments often feel cut short, it may be time to find another doctor, said Evans.
  • The doctor has been cited.
    Check your state's board of medicine to ensure your health care provider is in good standing. Look for evidence of malpractice suits, criminal behavior or other disciplinary actions.

Some people think of themselves as "just the patient" who must do what the doctor says. But that just isn't so, Evans said. Learn about your rights as a patient »

"We have a system where the patient gets to choose," he said. "If you are not happy, get a second opinion. You should never hesitate to involve yourself; try to be part of the team, because it's very hard to get better without that."

Find a new provider in the NPF Health Care Provider Directory »

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