Physician and patient: A complicated relationship

The doctor-patient relationship isn’t always easy. On the one hand is the physician, who is responsible for helping many patients. On the other hand is the patient, who visits the doctor in the hopes of his or her problem being treatable. Things always get difficult when one of them feels that they don’t see eye-to-eye. And this happens a lot.


Photo: Christiane Lange

Christiane Lange, Expert healthcare market; ©Verbraucherzentrale NRW

Photo: Patient talking to his doctor

You give me time, I will give you trust. This is how you could sum up a doctor-patient relationship. The reality is different. As a patient, you need to be quick if you want to describe your discomfort, since the physician interrupts you after an average of 15 seconds; ©

Photo: Stethoscope lying on dollar bills

Individual health benefits are not covered by German statutory health insurance companies, since their effect is questionable or not clearly determined yet and not, because health insurance companies don’t want to pay for therapies due to lack of funds; © Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee

Photo: Simone Ernst; Copyright: B. Frommann

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