How to be an empowered patient

Patients need to be assertive about their health.  Understanding your health insurance policy and having an open dialogue with your doctor are just the tip of the iceberg.

 

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Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “An empowered patient is someone who takes control of their health care. They understand their health insurance policy, they go to the doctor ready to ask questions about what’s being prescribed and why.  It’s important for consumers to be honest and open with their doctor about their budget and their health insurance plan because you want to make sure that the doctor prescribes something that you can actually afford because if they don’t the consumer will end up not taking the medicine.”

Angie’s List Tips:

  • Understand your insurance
  • Ask about costs & alternatives
  • Know family medical history
  • Check for mistakes in records
  • Talk with nurses/ physician assistants

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