Interacting with Your Physician

Patients who have a good relationship with their doctor receive better care and are usually happier with the health assistance they receive.

Open and honest discussions with your medical team can be vital to your ability to access needed care. Historically, patients have not felt like they had the option of open dialogue about the course of treatment, alternative treatment options, the cost of treatment and how these may affect the patient and doctor decisions. Medical care providers are now more willing and able to discuss these topics with you, and now fully embrace the patient as a critical part of decision making.

Do not be embarrassed to discuss personal issues with your doctors. You are a valuable piece of the decision making process and have insight and instincts that even your doctor does not. Your doctor wants the best outcome for you as much as you do, so do not be afraid to ask questions, voice concerns or share information with your provider. Empower yourself to ensure that you receive the best possible care.