By Life Matters Media Co-Founder Dr. Mary F. Mulcahy
Honesty may be the best policy, but when delivering bad news to patients, physicians must prepare to pay a price for that honesty.
You simply do not like the doctor who tells you what you are afraid to hear. In this age of greater accountability in health care, the satisfaction of patients and the subtle nuance of likeability is connected directly to doctor payment. And patients who don’t like what their doctor tells them won’t “like” that doctor on the growing number of physician rating services springing up on the Internet.