"Patients pay for a plan, Doctor."

GOLDEN CHIROPRACTIC RULE 4 invites responses from Chiropractors, and Chiropractic patients.

For the Medical doctor

Dr Lamberts:

What do people pay for when they come to see the doctor? They pay for opinion, yes. They pay for knowledge as well. But what they really pay for is a plan of action. They want to know what is going to be done to help. Try to give a plan, either verbal or written, to each patient that walks out of the exam room. What medications are given and why? What medications are to be stopped? What tests are ordered and what will the results mean? When is the next appointment? What should they call for if they have problems? The better these questions are answered, the more confidently the patient will walk out of the exam room.

“The days of paternalistic medicine are over – no handing a prescription and just saying ‘take it’. Patients should know why they are putting things in their body.”

For the doctor of Chiropractic

Dear Doctor of Chiropractic,

If you have any strong feelings about this rule, or would like to give it a chiropractic slant, please submit it here.

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From a Chiropractic patient's perspective

Dear Chiropractic patient

Would you like to submit to this blog what you would like your chiropractor to know? Names will not be published. We would like to publish several responses that may be of general interest.

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I fully agree that the patient be fully informed, and that a treatment plan is made.

As a patient, once you see a chiropractor, you may have seen other doctors and been disappointed. Hence, you are weary of the medical profession. You then decided that you'll look for the treatment that YOU believe is going to help you, (you hope) and you are willing to pay money for it.

This is one reason why I, as a patient, highly appreciate it when the chiropractor explains what is wrong, why it is wrong, what the treatment entails and what I can expect and not expect. It builds trust. Explanations with a skeleton I find helpful, so I can visualise the treatment and mentally co-operate fully.

Secondly, part of the treatment will involve excercises, and the more I feel informed and involved, the more I am motivated to do the excercises consistently.

And finally, there is the "faith" aspect as well. The more I trust the treatment, the more likely it will be succesful.

Therefore I feel that full information and involvement and an open, professional relationship with the doctor is essential to the succes of the treatment.


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