How to tell if your healthcare provider is biased and unethical: How to be sure they’re not putting their own personal interest ahead of the health of your family
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If you’ve been in a health care professional’s office recently and found them to be a “sourpuss” or “stinky,” then you know the importance of telling your provider about the situation.
While it may be tempting to simply put up with them for the moment, you should also make sure to call ahead and talk with them about what’s going on in the office.
If your provider is behaving like an asshole or is acting inappropriately, you need to get your voice heard, according to an expert.
“It’s very important to be aware of the situation because you can end up in a situation where the healthcare professional is biased or unethical,” said Dr. Susan Ragan, associate professor of medical ethics and law at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ragan told Medscape Medical News that the goal of a health professional is to make your care more comfortable and efficient.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t be aware that a health provider might be biased or even actively trying to get the job done.
“That’s one of the things that comes with working in a healthcare setting, especially when you’re a young, ambitious woman who has been through a lot in her life,” she said.
“There are a lot of things that we as women who are in the medical field can learn from other women.”
For one, if a healthcare professional seems to be “overreacting” to your concerns or “being aggressive” in her responses, it’s important to let them know.
“I want to make sure that they understand that their actions are not representative of all the people who work in healthcare,” Ragan said.
For a woman who’s experienced being treated unfairly, she said, it can be particularly difficult to convince your provider to speak out against discrimination.
“If you do speak out, then they might be fired or you might be put on leave,” Rgan said.
“If you have an ongoing relationship with the healthcare provider, you want them to understand that this is something that they can do about.”
In addition to making sure to talk to your health care provider about your situation, it is also important to ask them about your medical history.
“You want to be able to ask about the previous treatments, the previous medications, the medications that you were on and how you’re feeling,” Ragon said.
While many of these concerns can be addressed in a short conversation, it will take time for the relationship to develop and progress.
“I think that it’s really important that women speak up about their experience in the first place,” Rangan said.
It is important to recognize that healthcare professionals can be biased, and that there is a possibility they may be acting unfairly.
Ragan says it is important for women to have “a healthy, open dialogue” about any concerns they have.
“It’s really critical that we’re not being afraid to tell people what’s happening in the workplace,” she added.
Ragon is a board-certified medical ethicist and medical director of the Philadelphia-based Women’s Health Associates of Philadelphia.
Her specialty is the intersection of health and law, as well as the intersection between women’s health and reproductive rights.
She is a registered nurse with a B.S. in psychology and a M.
S in clinical psychology.
She has written extensively on the intersectionality of healthcare and the law, including “A Guide to the Medical Ethical and Legal Framework for Healthcare Professionals.”
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