A curious patient is a healthy patient. When you pay a visit to your doctor, it’s typically for something specific, like a pain in your shoulder or the flu and all you want to do is get better and feel better. But in your haste to get medicine or treatment, you might be failing to ask your doctor some very important questions.
Doctors are just like the rest of us, they can miscommunicate, misconstrue or otherwise mess up. And even though your doctor has the best intent, they don’t always recognize what your greatest need might be. So it is important that you ask your doctor questions. Privis Health, your source for healthcare data analytics, offer these questions you should be asking your doctor when you visit.
What are Some Things I Can Do to Improve My Condition?
There are a number of problems that you could be suffering that will go away by making better lifestyle choices. Ask your doctor if the heartburn you are suffering will get better if you changed your diet instead of taking medication for it or if you get more sleep if your fatigue will improve. Lifestyle choices often play a huge role in helping you recover from an existing condition.
Are There Different Treatment Options?
In the past, doctors used to dictate the choices for their patients by simply choosing the best course of action. But when it comes to the best way to treat a condition, it should be a shared decision. A good doctor will inform their patients about their options. When this conversation happens, it results in a treatment that satisfies everyone involved.
What Are the Side Effects?
All medications have warnings about potential side effects. But not every patient takes the time to read what these side effects are. It is better to start a medication knowing beforehand what effects it could cause. This way, there is no surprise should one of them crop up while taking the medication.
Should I Get a Second Opinion?
You can place a bet that when your doctor has to have his Mercedes serviced or fixed, they get a second opinion or quote. You might be visiting your general practitioner about a sore throat, and there is nothing wrong with having a specialist take a look. In fact, a good primary physician will point you to the right specialist. It will cost you an extra copay, but it is a good idea.
How Much Will It Cost?
Modern medicine is very expensive. And it is unlikely that all doctors have a good idea of what things cost. You might be agreeing to a treatment that is going to cost you thousands of dollars that you have to cover. If your doctor doesn’t know what the cost of a treatment will be, there should be somebody on the staff that can help you.
What Outcome Should Be Expected?
You might assume that after a treatment, life will get back to normal, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, a treatment means a vast improvement, but there might still be pain or you might still walk with a slight limp. Don’t just assume everything will go back to the way it was when you were younger.
When Should I See You Again?
Don’t just assume that you can get a prescription for a condition and then forget about seeing your doctor for another year. Check with your doctor to see if a follow-up appointment is necessary.
How Can I Prevent This From Happening Again?
Getting over the flu or a painful condition is wonderful, but you don’t want to suffer the same thing again. Be proactive and ask your doctor what you can do to prevent a sickness or condition from striking again. You want to do your best to avoid getting to a point that you have a medical condition that will only get worse because you didn’t do what you could to help prevent it in the first place.
Why am I Taking This Medication?
Many doctors tend to just prescribe a medication without telling their patients what they are for or what they do to make you better. This is definitely something you want to know.
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