MONTHLY HEALTH FOCUS:
Becoming a wise health consumer
Your doctor has the medical knowledge and experience to treat you but needs your expertise too. No one knows you better than you. Your involvement and self-knowledge can help you both make better decisions about your treatment options and make healthier choices. Do you feel like you can talk to your doctor about your health and how you want to be treated? When your doctor and you have a good relationship, you can make better decisions about your health together. And remember, your doctor is an expert on medical care, but you are the expert on yourself. Wise Health Consumer Learning Center
Make it count-get the most out of your next doctor appointment
If only you could take as much time as you needed to relax and talk to your doctor about your health concerns. Unfortunately, your time and your doctor's time can be limited. Plus, you may feel under pressure or timid while you're with your doctor. One way to make the most out of the time you spend in the doctor's office is to prepare and understand what you can expect. Before your next appointment, use this guide to make the most of your time with your doctor. You can leave the office with your questions answered and feeling better about your treatment.
Making smart health decisions
You probably make important decisions by considering all your options. You study the best information available, read reviews, and ask questions. So you should have involvement and knowledge when you make what might be the most crucial life decisions of all-decisions about your health. When your doctor suggests a medicine, test, surgery, or any other kind of care, a good place to start is by asking why. Ask why you need it and what would happen if you waited. Here are a few other ways to help you feel good about getting the care you need.