• linkedin
  • Increase Font
  • Sharebar

    Avoiding problem patients


    What About Backlash?

    Thiersch says doctors worry that turning away potential patients will result in bad reviews.

    “My response to that is, with these patients, the chances of getting a bad review are increased no matter what. But you’d rather have a bad review where you can say I didn’t treat this patient, as opposed to saying I treated them and then they complained about my work,” he says.

    Regardless of whether a doctor has treated a person, it’s important to protect the person’s privacy, Thiersch says.

    Things get stickier when discharging established patients. There are rules about what to do with medical records and more.

    “You can’t abandon patients in the middle of treatment, so there are certain obligations that you need to know before you actually discharge a patient. If you don’t want to get an attorney to tell you that, you should be able to find that [information] relatively easily through your state medical board,” he says.

    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...


    You must be signed in to leave a comment. Registering is fast and free!

    All comments must follow the ModernMedicine Network community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated. ModernMedicine reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part,in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

    • No comments available


    View Results