Ask The Expert
March 08, 2012
Thereís nothing wrong with calling his doctor. Doctors often get valuable information and insight from loved ones. Family members of my patients have frequently told me about things that the patients never mentioned. These are things I often need to know as the personís doctor.
Donít be put off if his doctor seems reluctant to get into a long discussion with you about your fatherís medical condition. A doctorís number-one relationship is with the patient. And without your fatherís permission, he or she isnít supposed to share his medical information.
For that reason, ideally, you should get your fatherís consent first. Still, calling his doctor is worth a try. If the doctor doesnít return your calls, write a brief note saying that youíre available if he or she wants to call you. Even if the doctor doesnít call, he or she may then be prompted to take up the issue with your father.