Outpatient Responsibility

Phone Calls to the Doctor When He is in the Office

When you call a doctor’s office to get a question answered by your doctor, make sure that the answer comes from your doctor and is not just the opinion of the nurse. Much of the time, if the nurse just answers the question on the spot, then the answer is suspect. Many doctors allow their…

Your Responsibility as an Outpatient

There are two separate medical scenarios: being an “out-patient” in which you are being treated by a doctor when not in a hospital; and being an “inpatient” in which you are being treated by a doctor while in a hospital. The amount of time your doctor is able to spend with you has not kept…

Breast Lump Evaluation: the Triple Assessment Protocol

Be aware that breast lumps are treated in a different fashion from doctor to doctor. This inconsistency is very conducive to a patient becoming a victim of a late diagnosis of breast cancer, when there is a much higher rate of dying. Failure to diagnose breast cancer has been the leading or second most common…

Your Number One Most Important Asset for Getting Good Medical Care

You need to make and keep a “personal health record”. Because of time constraints, doctors in our medical system frequently treat you without enough information about you, often with devastating results. Here are the real facts about medical care today: Doctors see twenty or more patients daily. Each patient’s medical chart is a pile of…

You May Not Be Getting The Tests or the Specialty Referral You Need for Your Medical Condition

If you take a look at guidelines for your chronic medical condition like diabetes or heart disease. Some of you may find that you’re not getting all of the lab tests that you need. And some of you may be going to your doctor repeatedly for a condition. And even though you’re not getting any…

First Obstacle to Get Past in the Doctor’s Office

Be cautious in a doctor’s office that has the nurse interview you at the beginning of your office visit, and she writes some things down for the doctor before the doctor comes in. Chances are she will not write down everything you tell her, and she may not use your and it’ s own words–…

Your Healthcare Plan Can Affect Your Health

Healthcare plans come in about three general types: (1) those where you can see any doctor you want (often called fee-for-service); (2) those where you can see any doctor you want, but the insurance company will pay less if the doctor you pick is “out-of-network” (not in their plan, often called a PPO); and (3)…

Have More than One Illness to Discuss?

If you go to the doctor’s appointment with more than one problem that you want discussed or solved, it is very important that you either bring a list of what you want to discuss with him and give it to him at the very start of your appointment when he first comes in or tell…

Asthma Treatment

If you or your child is an asthma patient who makes frequent trips to the doctor’s office or emergency room for out-of-control symptoms, then do some Internet researching so that you can understand what classification of asthma you have, and you can know what medications you should be on to keep your asthma in control….

A Solution to Not Getting Enough of Your Doctor’s Time

Doctors no longer hold the keys to all things medical. Support for you has arrived literally at your fingertips– the Internet. If you access reputable medical websites for information on your illnesses, you can learn so much more than what your doctor has time to tell you, and what you learn can be life saving….