9 tips to get the best health care
Getting the best possible care is essential to your health. Follow these simple tips to ensure you receive the health care you deserve:
1. Be assertive, not aggressive
Experts suggest overseeing your health by asking about different options, but don’t be overbearing by viewing your doctor as the enemy.
2. Do your homework
Be prepared by bringing a list of questions you’d like to ask. However, prioritize the questions as there may not be time to get through them.
3. Check for mistakes
To avoid potential safety issues, regularly obtain and review your medical records for any errors or omissions.
4. Embrace support staff
Don’t hesitate to interact with nurses and physician assistants. These trained professionals can answer many of your health care questions.
5. Speak up
Repeat aloud what your doctor says, as doing so puts you both on the same page and increases the likelihood you’ll retain the information.
6. Bring an extra set of ears
Have a loved one tag along to your appointments to ask questions, or bring a tape recorder so you can play back the conversation.
7. Give feedback
Share your good and bad experiences. You can’t expect a physician to improve if he or she never knows there’s a problem. Also, submit your reviews on Angie’s List to help others decide if a doctor is right for them.
8. Ask about cost and shop around
Part of being empowered is understanding what you pay for health care and insurance. Discuss test and treatment options to keep costs down or avoid an unexpected bill.
9. Move on
If you aren’t seeing eye to eye with your physician after trying these tips, it may be time to find a new one. Check with your insurance provider and then Angie’s List to find a perfect match.