In order to foster and nurture the relationship with your doctor treat it with great care and respect. Don't forget to say 'thank you' to your doctor when you get better. He gets fed up of attending to droves of patients with complaints all day long and would be delighted to hear a patient appreciate his efforts! Unfortunately, this common courtesy is something we often forget; patients tend to remember the doctor only when afflicted by an ailment. This simple expression of gratitude by you will help the doctor to remember you as a person, rather than as just another case. He is likely to then treat you as a special patient and getting VIP attention from him helps improve your medical care a good deal! As in a marriage, the doctor-patient relationship depends on good communication and trust built up over time and it is definitely worth spending time and taking trouble to maintain a beneficial relationship.
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