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Health Tips for a Wise Health Consumer

separator February is Wise Health Consumer month. What does that mean, exactly? Wise health consumers take responsibility for their health and work openly and honestly with their doctors. They find out as much as possible about any health condition they have, and they ask questions about it.

We’ve included some tips here that can help you to maximize the time you spend with your doctor and make you feel like an active participant in your own healthcare.

Be specific about why you want your appointment
When you call to make a doctor’s appointment, make sure you tell the receptionist your reasons for the visit. That allows the doctor to schedule the appropriate amount of time for you. You’ll feel better about not being rushed, and your doctor will appreciate your consideration.

Be honest about your concerns
If you wonder why our doctor prescribed a certain medicine (or why the doctor didn’t prescribe any medicine), or why your doctor has recommended a specific diet or exercise, ask why. It’s extremely important for you to ask questions until you understand what you need to know about your treatment. The more you understand about your condition and your medications, the better prepared you will be to take of yourself and recover.

Write down questions between appointments
Have you ever been on your way home from a doctor’s appointment and realized you forgot to ask an important question? To keep that from happening, it’s helpful to write down your questions as you think of them. Keep a running list, and take the list with you to your next appointment.

Keep a simple journal
Especially if you or someone you take care of makes frequent visits to the doctor, it may help to keep a simple journal. This can help you to keep track of things like when appointments took place, what medications were prescribed and when, any side effects from medications, etc. This kind of journal is invaluable if you see different doctors, because you’re keeping your thoughts in one place.

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