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January/February 2010

Professional

Barriers to good health care

Volume 39, No.1, January/February 2010 Pages 71-73

Hilton Koppe

Background

Being a doctor to a colleague is a great honour for any medical practitioner. However, it also presents many challenges. These challenges will be discussed in a series of articles looking at how to best be a doctor for other doctors.

Objective

This article, the first in the series, explores potential barriers to good medical care when the patient is a doctor. Subsequent articles in the series will discuss strategies for overcoming these barriers.

Discussion

There are many barriers to doctors receiving ideal medical care These barriers include issues around boundaries, embarrassment, confidentiality, payment for services and medicolegal issues. Having an awareness of these barriers can help treating doctors to offer the best possible care to those colleagues who choose to see them as patients.

Being invited to be a doctor for a colleague is one of the greatest possible honours for a medical practitioner. However, it also presents many challenges. Doctors do not always make the best patients and being asked to treat a colleague can challenge even the most experienced practitioner. Potential barriers to good medical care when the patient is a doctor – from both the point of view of the treating doctor and of the patient doctor – are outlined in Table 1.

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Correspondence afp@racgp.org.au

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