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Given all the obstacles that prevent us from getting to the doctor's office — scheduling an appointment, digging out the insurance card and plain old procrastination — it is good health sense to make the most of your time when you are finally face-to-face with your health care provider.
Easier said than done, says health researcher Sherrie Kaplan.
"What brings you here today?" It's a simple question that's at the heart of many patient-doctor conversations, but it's not a question to take lightly.
For some patients, delaying treatment while regularly monitoring the progress of disease may benefit them more than a rush to pharmaceutical or surgical options.
New health review sites promise to help you make this important decision for yourself or your loved ones. However, patients and physicians alike are finding that these doctor reviews aren’t as transparent or useful as they might seem.
The quality of doctors and hospitals varies. Here is information to help you find the right care.
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.
Got a new prescription? Here are some tips for managing your new medication.
Describing your symptoms well can help provide clues to what’s wrong. Here’s advice on how to tell your story.
Better health is more likely when we agree on a plan of action with our doctor and follow it.
Feeling uneasy with or disrespected by your current doctor? Our experts — both physicians — talk frankly about rocky spots in doctor-patient relationships.
A shared care plan can be a guide to treatment goals that you and your doctors agree on, and it can set the rules of engagement as you pursue your treatment.
How to ask your doctor questions so that you can understand your diagnosis and treatment options.
How to get a copy of your medical records for your personal files and for your doctors.
Different doctors can suggest different diagnoses or ways to treat your illness. Here’s how to decide whether you should get a second opinion.
These 10 steps will help you get the information you need for your doctor’s appointment.
Part of participating in your treatment is remembering to take your medication as prescribed. This task can get difficult if you aren’t feeling well or are juggling multiple prescriptions
It can be hard to figure out how much your health care will cost ahead of time. Here are some tips for preparing for the cost of your procedures.