Health Education

What Doctors Want from Patients

“What Doctors Wish Their Patients Knew,” courtesy of today’s Consumer Reports Health website, emphasizes the need to develop a long-term relationship with one’s primary care physician (if that is, in fact, possible, given the large number of uninsured persons and the constant changes to one’s health care coverage).  Also needed from you, the health...

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When a Doctor Becomes a Patient

“A Mantra: No Crying In the CAT Scanner” is an excellent rendition of the shock and humility a physician experiences when he is the patient.  I daresay this doctor improved her bedside manner when she returned to work!

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Quality of Medical Information on the Internet

Read with a gimlet eye – especially when it concerns health care.  There is a huge disparity of quality of content between various websites.  Certainly your suspicions should be aroused if the narrative is sensationalized or contains lots of exclamation points.  Generally, those urls ending with .edu are best since they signify an educational...

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How to lower your medical expenses: negotiate!

Discussing medical costs with your doctor will help control your bill.  Most physicians still assume all of their patients have adequate insurance; if that is not the case, tell him so!  Enlisting your doctor’s help to reduce your expenses can net huge savings — some medications may be of questionable efficacy; certain diagnostics may...

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If your diagnosis is eluding your doctor:

According to Dr. Jerome Groopman, in How Doctors Think, a good question to ask is, “What else could this be?”

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Are physicians adequately educated about nutrition?

“I know we’re supposed to know about nutrition and diet, but none of us really does.”

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Efficient Doctors Dodge Questions!

Why good doctors give useless answers.

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HHS offers resources to find medical providers

Locator services include home healthcare, community health centers, hospice information, and much more.

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End-of-life planning does not constitute a “death panel.”

A thoughtful, sad narrative of a mother and daughter’s final farewell.  End-of-life planning, made before one is in crisis, expands choices, facilitates communication and gives one time to obtain more information.  An example of such a conversation:  “If you are sick with incurable cancer, when the time comes, do you want us to use technology...

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Beth Israel erred in 3 spinal operations — Vertebrae mix-ups spur new procedures (Boston Globe)

Remind your surgeon to count your vertebrae and mark it before surgery.  You don’t want to be one of the errors. And, please, remember to get that second opinion — preferably from a different organization.

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