Knowing and asking the right questions the next time you visit your doctor can help you improve the service and care you get.
Just because a doctor has the credentials to be one does not necessarily mean that they don’t make mistakes.
In this post we will be going over important questions you should know and ask you doctor about any kind of health care you may be receiving.
Knowing the right questions to ask before you go will help you remember what you want to ask your doctor.
Time is limited during doctor visits. Prepare for your appointment by thinking about what you want to do during your next visit.
Do you want to:
- Talk about a health problem?
- Get or change a medicine?
- Get medical tests?
- Talk about surgery or treatment options?
Write down your questions to bring to your appointment. The answers can help you make better decisions, get good care, and feel better about your health care.
1. What is the Test Testing For? – It’s always a good idea to understand what kind of test you will be undergoing and what you will gain from doing such test. Also it’s good to know if there are any kind of negative effects that might occur.
2. When Will the Results Come In? – Just as important as it is to know what a test is for is to know when you are going to get your results back, I mean that is the whole purpose of the test in the first place is to get a gauge for what is going on with your health.
Medical or Operating Procedures
3. Is The Procedure Needed – Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor if any kind of medical procedure or surgery is needed for your treatment. I’m sure we have all heard of unnecessary surgeries that were done for one reason or another.
4. Are there any alternatives? Along with asking if a procedure is needed, also ask if there are any suitable alternative that could be less intrusive, cheaper, more natural or whatever reason that could benefit you.
5. How Many Times Have You Done This Procedure? – If someone is going to be cutting you open wouldn’t it be nice to know how many times they have done the procedure and if they are any good at it? Ask the questions to find out if you are dealing with a competent professional.
6. Are There Any Complications? – With any kind of surgery there is always the risk of complications. Ask your doctor what kind of risks or complications that can arise from the operation or procedure. This is where wanting to know the experience of the doctor really comes into play.
7. How Long is the Recovery Period? – This is an important fact to know so that you can plan your life around your surgery. It’s good to know ahead of time that you will need two months laying up time to recovery when you have a job you need to go to or kids to take care of and so on.
8. How do You Spell the Medications Name? – Even though the doctor may write out your prescription does mean that you may be able to read the writing completely accurately. Getting the proper spelling can help you go home and do further research of your own by doing some searching on the internet and elsewhere.
9. What Kind of Side Effects Will I Experience? – A very important question to ask, you want to know how the drugs are going to negatively effect you. You will also want to know how the medication will react with any other medications you may be taking.
10. Are There Any Natural Alternatives? – Wanting a natural alternative is not a bad thing at all. If there are natural alternative that can accomplish the same thing then go for it. You may also want to consider using a generic brand over the name brand to save a good deal of money.
Generic brands are pretty much identical to the brand name, they just don’t have the marketing overhead that jack up the prices.
Note: Don’t be afraid to ask the pharmacist where you pick up your medication these questions as well. They should be able to answer any concerns you have about a certain prescription. If they don’t then you may want to consider going to another pharmacy if available.
Picking the wrong pharmacy could be life threatening. I don’t know if you heard of the horror stories about pharmacies mixing up prescriptions with the wrong medication or giving the wrong doses to patients.
I even heard of one guy that was splitting important life saving medications into 3 parts in order to make more money off of each dose.
You can make sure you get the best possible care by being an active member of your health care team. Being involved means being prepared and asking questions.
After your doctor’s appointment it is important to follow any instructions and medications that may have been given to you as part of your treatment.
Your doctor may schedule additional appointments for tests, lab work, or a follow-up visits so be sure to keep up with them.
It is important for you to follow your doctor’s instructions. It also is important to call your doctor if you are unclear about any instructions or have more questions.