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Things patients need to know about healthcare

Many New York residents probably assume that doctors have all of the answers when it comes to their health. As a result, there are many things that a patient may not know when it comes to diagnosing medical problems. Here are several things that patients should know.

Several things that a doctor may not discuss with their patient includes fatality and complications rates that are affected by when a surgery is performed. For example, patients who are having an elective surgery are more likely to suffer potentially life-threatening complications if that surgery is done later in the afternoon or on Friday. This is because the post-op recovery occurs during the night or the weekend with different staff members who may not know the patient as well. Likewise, medication error rates are likely to spike during July as this when new medical residents start their rotations.

Some other things that a doctor may not tell their patient includes the rate of misdiagnosis. It is believed that at least one in 20 patients will be misdiagnosed, though in most cases this misdiagnosis is not life threatening or overall harmful. This is because doctors see a large number of patients who tend to have the same problem. For example, if 10 prior patients have the flu and the next patient exhibits the same symptoms, that patient will most likely be diagnosed with the flu.

When a patient is seriously harmed as a result of botched surgery or wrong medication, the patient may be eligible to file a medical malpractice against the doctor who provided the treatment and the healthcare facility. By filing this type of lawsuit, the injured patient may be able to seek compensation for any medical bills that were incurred during corrective treatment or for pain and suffering.

Source: Care2, "5 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You Unless You Ask", Ann Pietrangelo, August 04, 2014

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