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It can seem like doctor’s appointments speed by. One minute you’re waiting. The next thing you know, the busy doctor has come and gone and you remember that other thing you meant to ask. The best way to get more out of your health care dollar is to get more out of an appointment with your doctor, even if it’s just a brief meeting.
That is easy to do. It requires three things:
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says that people who ask questions and take an active role in their health are happier with their care. They also see more improvement in their health than patients who do not take ownership of their health. Here are the steps to take:Before the Doctor’s Appointment
During the Doctor’s Appointment
After the Doctor’s AppointmentFollow your doctor’s instructions. Call:
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Originally published January 27, 2015; Revised 2018
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