Well, I totally understand the ways these questions might be useful for some people. I also understand that some people want a doctor with a good “bedside manner”, but I do not. I want a doctor who graduated in the top third of their class and has remained up to date in his field. I want a doctor who will address the reason for my visit. Period.
Thing is, as far as I’m concerned, the world most certainly is about me.
The last time I saw my PCP I was not examined, nor asked any questions. Details follow, but are not on topic, so they’re hidden.
The last time I saw my old doctor was around 2 years ago. I was in the process of getting licensed for medical marijuana and I thought my doctor would help me out; we’re the same age and had known each other for decades. Turns out we were both having bad days and ended up nose-to-nose screaming at each other, freaking out his staff.
I later received a reimbursement from his office for my copay. Then I looked into my insurance and discovered my doctor had billed them for the one category that did not require a copay, a mental health evaluation. Thing is, he did not evaluate me, we just yelled at each other, including repeated "fuck you"s back and forth. I was going to report him, but I assumed he’d just retire and I wasn’t going to help with that. A few months later he retired anyway