Having lived in the Netherlands for six years I have gone through my fair share of visits to Dutch doctors.
In another consultation I came prepared with a diagnosis. That took me some time, doing the reading beforehand. The doctor wasn't getting very far so I offered my suggestion. He said I might be right and checked it on Google, just in case. He concluded that I was indeed on the right track and I could do the test.
I told a Dutch friend of mine about this, expecting to see her shocked. Yet she regarded it as appropriate that the doctors were listening to me as a patient. Had I known about the listening skills of the Dutch doctors, I would have known about my allergy a bit quicker than after six months... However, one question still remains: What if I were unconscious?
Latina Percheva, Bulgarian MSc student of Environmental Sciences
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