- Report Unexpected Changes In Your Health
- How To Get An Appointment When You Need One
- Tips For Seeing Your Doctor Without An Appointment
- Keep Your Own Copy Of Your Medical Record
- Tips For Speaking With Your Doctor Between Appointments
- How To Create A Relationship With A Doctor's Staff
- If You E-Mail A Doctor, Keep It Short And To The Point. Don't Use E-Mail For Emergency Situations Or In Place Of A Doctor's Visit.
- How To Minimize Wait Time
- If You Have More Than One Doctor, Keep Them All Up-To-Date
How To Work The Health Care System And Get The Medical Care You Need
No one cares as much about your health as you do. it is up to you to manage your own medical care.
If you participate in your health care, you will feel more in control of the situation, save valuable time, decrease stress. You will also help prevent errors.
The following steps are simple and easy to do. They may seem like a lot when you see them all in one place, but they are not.
- Keep your own copy of your medical records.
- Create a relationship with your doctor's staff.
- Report unexpected changes in your health.
- how to communicate with your doctor between appointments. (for instance, via e mail.)
- Learn time tested tips for making an appointment when you need one. One advantage is that they help get an appointment sooner.
- Learn the tips for seeing your doctor without an appointment.
- If you e-mail a doctor, keep it short and to the point.
- If your doctor usually keeps you waiting:
- Learn how to minimize wait time. For instance, be the first appointment of the day or call ahead to find out the current reality.
- Learn how to use your time in the waiting room effectively.
- If you have more than one doctor,
- Be sure that each one is kept up-to-date, even if you have to do it yourself.
- Appoint a health care coordinator if one of your doctors does not take on the role voluntarily.
- To learn how, click here.