Ever consider the risk factors of having a female versus a male physician? What about an older, more experienced doctor versus one who is newly-trained? These factors are important to surviving your doctor’s care.
If you have a female surgeon, you’re less likely to die within a month after the operation. Female surgeons are more patient-centered, better communicators and offer care that’s within guidelines. No cowboys.
If you’re hospitalized and your doctor is older than 60 and younger than 40, you have a greater risk of dying than a patient with a 50-something physician.
Age doesn’t matter if a doctor has a busy caseload as their skills stay sharp.
If you’re thinking about getting a second opinion, do it. 88% of the time, you’ll get a refined or a new diagnosis.
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