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WebMD Survey: The Lies We Tell Our Doctors

45% of WebMD Readers Don't Tell Their Doctors the (Whole) Truth

By Daniel DeNoon
WebMD Feature

Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD

Sept. 21, 2004 -- Do you lie to your doctor? There's about a 50-50 chance you do, a WebMD survey shows.

See what our readers say in part 3 of our three-part series.

What WebMD Readers Say

WebMD asked members of our various message board communities to talk about lying to their doctors. Here are some of the replies. Members are identified only by their screen names.

Craftyone01: I trust my doctor it's the insurance company I don't trust. ... I do lie to my doc about how much I smoke. ... Oh, and another thing I will lie about is where an accident happened, such as my son broke his arm at the neighbor's house. Simple accident, he fell. I learned never to tell the doc or hospital it happened anywhere but at home. Your insurance company will insist you sue your neighbor for the medical care.

Psycho2d: For me, it's not that I would lie because of the doctor or because I don't trust them. It's more so out of fear of hearing what the truth may be. If I admit to something really bad, what if they tell me something really bad? I must make it clear; I have never been in the situation before. I never lied to a doctor.