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    Top 11 gripes physicians have with patients



    It is a known fact that physicians are burnt out. They have to deal with the uncertainty that is healthcare policy in 2017, as well as payment and electronic health record frustrations, to name a few. So, it is no surprise that these complications and stresses have bled over into interactions with patients.

    We asked primary care physicians from around the country what their top gripes with patients have been, and their answers may surprise you—or relate to you wholeheartedly. Read on to find out what they had to say.


    Rose Schneider Krivich
    Rose is the content specialist for Medical Economics.

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      Patients who call and say you HAVE to call something in for them without them being evaluated in the office. For example: prednisone for poison ivy; antibiotics for URIs; antibiotics for UTIs; diflucan for a yeast infection; sleeping pills for travel; motion sickness patches for travel. Also patients who drop off a form to be completed. And they do not expect to pay for your time to complete the form. And they get angry when you tell them they either need to pay a form fee OR that they need an appointment. Patients that come in for an acute problem like shoulder pain and want you to code it as a wellness visit so it is free. Or expect you to address several things beyond a wellness visit but do not want to pay for the extra time and effort. They want it all for free and rolled into their annual wellness visit.

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