Patients who are active participants in their own care tend to get the best results. Here's how to ensure that you get the kind of medical attention you deserve. VISITING THE DOCTOR Before you … [Read more...] about THE INFORMED PATIENT
YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR
Gone are the days of the family doctor making house calls in the middle of the night. The old country physician, who often took farm animals or produce as payment, has given way to a complex and sometimes overwhelming medical network. Today we have to deal with specialists for every part of the body as well as technicians, laboratory assistants, and a variety of other health professionals. Indeed, today "family practice" is itself a specialty.
The challenge to us as patients is to understand the health-care system ahead of time before we need it. We have certain responsibilities-and rights-within that system. Decide now: Do you have the proper insurance? Are you getting timely examinations? Have you chosen a doctor with whom you feel comfortable? The more you take care of now, the less you'll have to worry about in the event of an illness. You'll be doing the best thing: taking control of your own health.