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Does your doctor’s age impact the quality of care you receive?

On Behalf of | Jan 30, 2023 | Medical Malpractice |

When you go to the hospital (for almost any reason), it means your medical care and treatment with be in the hands of a doctor you have never met. While these individuals must have the needed qualifications to work there, in these situations, you have no say-so in who provides your treatment. 

For most people, one of the first things noticed is the doctor’s age. In this situation, you may wonder, will a doctor’s age impact the quality of care you receive? 

Experience matters

When it comes to a doctor’s age, there are advantages and disadvantages for both older and younger physicians. For example, older doctors usually have more experience, which can reduce the potential for mistakes. They may know exactly what is happening because they have previously dealt with your issue. 

In this situation, a younger doctor may become overwhelmed and unsure about what is happening. This increases the potential for mistakes.  

Recent training

You also must consider which doctor would have the most recent training. Older doctors, for example, have probably not received professional training for a while, which means they may need to learn about some of the most recent medical innovations and advances. 

The medical industry is constantly changing, and you have to consider if a doctor who graduated from med school decades ago can provide you with the same quality and level of treatment a younger doctor could. 

While age can play a role in the quality of medical care you receive, it is important to note that there is always a risk of an error or mistake when you are at the hospital. If you sustain an injury because of an error or mistake, it may be possible to file a medical malpractice claim.