At some point, you’ll need good healthcare experts to check you over periodically, fix small problems before they turn serious, and perhaps deal with serious ones that weren’t found or couldn’t be fixed.
However, with physician shortages across the country and busier-than-ever doctors’ offices, advocating for our own health has never been more important.
So, how do you make sure you get the best healthcare possible?
A proactive patient is one who does more than just walk into the exam room and wait for their diagnoses/prescription. They take an active interest in achieving the best health possible, even if it means hard work like quitting smoking or changing their diet
Doctors can’t possibly know everything, yet we often expect them to. Also, they are not experts on every possible disease, so ask questions and do your own research. And, make sure you get your research from credible sources.
Ask the Right Questions
Ask good questions, insist on good answers. Blind obedience is out. Finding good specialty care is less of a challenge, if still daunting.
Be an Empowered Patient
You and your doctor should collaborate in making informed decisions. They should not dictate and you should not blindly accept.
At the end of the day it’s your health. Do your research, trust your gut, and don’t let politeness or fear stop you from being your own advocate.