Don’t Leave Your Doctor’s Office Without Asking These 5 Critical Questions

You don’t have to ask them, but do so at your own risk!

Physicians attention and focus have never been more compromised. 

Which is why I put together these 5 key questions. To help you maximize the quality of the conversation with your doctor.

Here they are:

1Would you please repeat that?

Doctors speak fast, in jargon, and are always pressed for time. When it comes to your treatment that’s nothing but a bad combo. Make sure you don’t get rushed or say yes to things you didn’t understand. Get clear on his instructions, especially about meds. If necessary question his decision.

2What is the latest and most cutting edge treatment for my condition?

This question serves 2 purposes, 1. it informs you of actual treatment options you may not be aware of, and 2. It lets you know if your doctor is up to date with the latest treatment and studies.

3Where can I find more relevant information about my condition?

Again, the more you understand your condition the more you can fight it. Most Doctors know about your condition’s meds and treatments. Use this wealth of access to your advantage.

4What if I can’t afford the treatment or meds you are prescribing for me?

Most doctors are clueless about costs and access based on insurance benefits. But most of them will work with you if presented with options. If you can’t afford a prescription for ex, consider an alternative. If you have Medicaid and need help at home for personal care, homemaker, or respite services. He may suggest talking to a care manager or a home health agency that would know how to get you the help you need at home. But be up front and clear about your financial situation.

5Can I talk to you alone for 2 minutes?

Privacy has always been a key factor in the doctor-patient relationship. In fact, you would tell your doctor things in confidence that you won’t say when someone else is present. If you need to ask someone to step out to be more comfortable… don’t hesitate, everyone will understand.

Use these questions as a guideline, you don’t have ask them all. Ask the ones that you feel apply best and go from there.

Untitled designClaudio Alegre is the CEO & Chief Content Writer for Angel Home Care Services on the Web and Patient and Family Advocate off the Web. He lives in Miami with his wife and 3 boys. He's passionate about healthcare and all things caregiving. He can be reached at [email protected] or directly at 305.220.4544
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