The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Unhappy patients can seek another medical opinion or find another doctor without retaliation by the physician. This is our fundamental right as consumers in a capitalist system. But what about your doctor's rights? Can he or she dismiss you from his/her practice?
Physicians take an oath to always act in the best interest of their patients, and they are expected to abide by it. In fact, doctors, unlike patients, face legal and ethical restrictions before they may end relationships with patients.
If polled, virtually every doctor would admit to having difficult encounters with abusive, deceitful, threatening, and/or non-compliant patients in their practice.