I firmly believe in the philosophy that you should treat people the way you want to be treated. Therefore, when I see a patient, I try to put myself in his/her place and act accordingly.
I expect my doctor to be well credentialed by appropriate boards and authorities, have enough experience in what he does and stay up to date with the latest information. However, I believe that a doctor should be more than the sum of a number of certificates. He must be compassionate and caring.
So, adhering to the above principles, I remain a strong patient advocate. This is more important in today’s environment that the insurance companies require a lot of information before authorizing any test or procedure. My office does its best to obtain authorization for any test or procedure which is medically and reasonably necessary.
Having said all of the above, I am aware of the unscientific yet proven fact that when you meet people, you take a liking to some and you do not care for others. For this reason, I think it is very important to meet my doctor, make sure our personalities match, and above all, I feel comfortable with him and can discuss my issues with him without any reservation.