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Questioning Doctors

People often feel timid about questioning experts," and this is particularly true in the doctor-patient relationship. Here are some suggestions that may help you assert your rights to wellness.

  • Ask your doctor to explain fully your condition and what exactly is going on in your body; if necessary, ask for illustrations
  • Ask if there are ways, other than drugs or surgery, to deal with your problem
  • Ask about possible side effects of drugs prescribed
  • Ask for a second, or third opinion, or investigate alternatives for yourself
  • Ask for a generic drug prescription, which is usually less expensive than a brand name
  • Ask for a full description of a procedure suggested before it is used
  • Ask for a lead shield to cover other parts of the body (particularly ovaries or testes) when X-rays are being taken
  • State your displeasure and inconvenience at being made to wait
  • Ask for anything that will provide you with greater privacy or comfort
  • Ask for a fee schedule before you make an appointment
  • If you do not have health insurance, ask for a discount for cash payment
  • Ask about your doctor's previous experience in dealing with a condition similar to your own
  • Refuse treatment if your questions are not answered adequately
  • Tell your doctor what you think is wrong or right with you



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