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Who’s Who in Your Doctor’s Office

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Communicate With Your Doctors

Medical offices have a lot of staff but one common goal—helping you, the patient. Here are some of the people you may meet during your doctor’s appointment.

Long-Term Care and Long-Term Care Insurance

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

Learn about long-term care and whether you need long-term care insurance.

Your Doctor’s Office: 10 Things You Should Know

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Organize Your Health Care

These 10 steps will help you get the information you need for your doctor’s appointment.

Getting the Most Out of a Doctor’s Appointment

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Communicate With Your Doctors

Doctor’s appointments are often brief. Here’s how to quickly explain what’s wrong so you can get the help you need.

Asking Your Doctor Questions

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How to ask your doctor questions so that you can understand your diagnosis and treatment options.

Hospital Report Cards: Grading Facilities Near You

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Consumers are awash in information they can use to find the best deals on everything from dishwashers to car insurance. But is it possible to comparison shop for a hospital?

Finding a New Doctor

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Find Good Health Care

Choosing a doctor and building a relationship with him or her is an important first step to getting and staying healthy.
Here's advice on how to locate a new physician to make sure you get care that fits your needs.

How to Choose a Hospital

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Sometimes, choosing a hospital is a matter of picking the one closest to you, the one where your doctor works. But if you have options, there are resources to help select the best one for you.

Reducing Your Risk of Medical Errors

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Recovering from a knee replacement is difficult under the best of circumstances, but for Herminia Briones, the year following her surgery was filled with unexpected pain, complications and confusion. Her repeated attempts to draw attention to her problems went unheeded, beginning an unfortunate and not uncommon struggle with medical error. Why do medical errors happen and how can you help protect yourself from harm?

Communicate With Your Doctors

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Communicate With Your Doctors

You and your doctor need accurate information from each other. Open communication with your doctor is one of the most important factors in getting and staying healthy.

Find Good Health Care

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The quality of doctors and hospitals varies. Here is information to help you find the right care.