WebMD Survey: The Lies We Tell Our Doctors
45% of WebMD Readers Don't Tell Their Doctors the (Whole) Truth
By Daniel DeNoon
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