Healthcare today is so complicated that patients need to understand two very different types of information to make wise decisions.
The first is ‘how medicine works’. Your doctor is your... More > advisor here. He/she knows you (hopefully) and knows the technical aspects of medicine – cellular physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, surgical protocols and all the rest – which she brings to bear on your case. Your doctor knows the newest tests and technologies, can discuss how treatments, therapies and medications work and how they may affect you. He/she diagnoses, prescribes, operates and refers you as necessary. The second is ‘how well medical care works’. This focuses on medical outcome information. Expertise in the ‘how well does it work’ field doesn’t require a medical degree. You just need to ask the right questions to help you decide.< Less
Americans receive too much medical care: too many tests, too many drugs and too many procedures.
In fact, up to about a third of our medical care is unnecessary. It doesn’t help you but can... More > harm you through errors, infections and side effects. It costs you money and it can exhaust you.
How can you ensure that you get appropriate care?
This engaging, illuminating and provocative book teaches you the key questions to ask your doctor and helps you understand the answers. It can turn you from an uninformed to a well-informed patient, better able to choose the care that’s right for you.
You have the power to reduce your medical costs and risks while you improve your care quality. Along the way, you’ll probably also improve your health and develop a better working relationship with your doctor.< Less
This engaging, provocative book helps guide brokers and their clients through the medical decision making process. It can turn you from uninformed to well-informed and help you get better care, with... More > fewer risks, at lower costs.
Along the way, you’ll probably also improve your health and develop a better working relationship with your doctor.< Less
How to Talk to Your Doctor lists the key questions to ask your doctor about preventive care, screening tests, specialist choice, treatment choice, hospital choice and more. It teaches people to ask... More > about medical outcomes first, medical processes second and medical prices third.
The best and perhaps only way to ensure that you get all the medical care you need - but none that you don’t - is by asking the right questions. Learn what they are in this engaging, thought-provoking book.< Less