The article referenced below appeared in Medscape today. It’s the story of a fit and trim 60 year-old doctor who was blindsided by a heart attack.
The article illustrates several points that I’ve tried to make elsewhere:
- Second opinions can be life-saving. If he had followed an initial recommendation about surgery, he might not be alive now.
- Recovery may not be simple. This illness put him in a coma for 8 days and knocked him out of work for most of eight months. As a medical specialist, he had the savings and investments to fall back on when he couldn’t work. How long could you go without a paycheck?
- Doctors may not understand the patient’s perspective or emotions until they have had a chance to be a patient themselves. Which is more important to you, bedside manner or technical skill? In selecting a doctor, it’s a choice you have to make.
The article isn’t an easy read, as it contains medical jargon. (This was a speech to an audience of doctors.) However, if you can cope with that, it’s worth a look.
Points to consider:
- Second opinions are not optional.
- You probably really need short term disability insurance.
- Selecting a good doctor and hospital takes time. You need to do it before an emergency strikes.