How to Get What You Need from Your Health Care Provider
Organize your thoughts and concerns in writing before visiting the doctor.
Bring someone with you if possible, especially if you can no longer drive (as opposed to taking a taxi).Having another ear is very, very helpful when your health is complicated.
Record the visit using a mini-recorder.If you don't have one, use a cell phone to call home and record it on your answering machine or voice mail. Make sure you tell your doctor you are doing this because you tend to forget things. Sometimes, they get uneasy when they see a recorder!
Write down what the doctor says (even if you are recording it)or have the person who is with you write it down.It's important that someone is in the room with you if you are planning a surgery or hearing important information about your health care.
Request that the doctor you are seeing send the information he/she is giving you to your other providers.This is very important, as each one must know what the other is doing so your care can be coordinated and understood by all parties
Communicate with the doctor about the medications other providers prescribed so that everyone knows what is safe and what is not.Although they usually ask what you are taking,they often don't read what is in front of them.
Double-check with your pharmacist about the medications you are taking and how they may affect one another.Pharmacists usually know more about the interactions of medications than doctors. It's their specialty.
Ask questions and request verification on things you don't understand.Doctors are very pressed for time but even if you've waited long passed your appointment time, you need to get the answers you came for, and you need their full attention while you are there. Don't feel guilty or rushed; this is YOUR time with the provider.
Call the provider when you get home if a question arises after you left.Again, no need to feel embarrassed or guilty for 'taking up their time' It's your body, your health, and your concerns. Plus, you are paying them plenty.
Be patient, positive and respectful, even if you are angry.This is difficult sometimes, but you will get much more accomplished with a smile and respect.
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- If you feel you haven't gotten what you need from your doctor, or if you have been mistreated, express your concerns appropriately and to the right people.
- Go to the provider's manager first, and if it's not resolved, write to the state's AMA or medical board about the situation. Be specific and write it appropriately; that is, without inappropriate language. You can get you message across without offending people.
- If you switch doctors, request your medical records in writing. It doesn't hurt to keep a copy at home, either.
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