March 25, 2015

THE BEST IS THE ONE YOU DON'T GO TO:

Why the Best Doctors Often Do Nothing (H. GILBERT WELCH, 3/25/15, WSJ)

Doctors can fix some problems, others are better fixed by the patient. Some problems will resolve on their own, others are better left alone (particularly those "problems" that don't bother you). The good doctor is not the one that always recommends doing something. It's too easy for the physician-and it's too easy for you to get somewhere you don't want to be.

You don't want a knee-jerk recommendation from your financial adviser that you always need to move money around. Or a knee-jerk recommendation from your insurance agent that you always need to increase coverage. Or from your lawyer that you always need to change the will. Or from your dentist that you always need X-rays. True professionals provide considered advice. And sometimes doing nothing is exactly the right thing to do.

The same is true of medicine. Recognize that the doctor who advises no action may be the one who really cares for you.

Posted by at March 25, 2015 5:31 PM
  

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