(This came by email 1/29/12 rek)  Taking time to prepare your questions before your Doctor's visit will help you get the most out of your health care.  Try these 10 basic questions to get started:

10 Starter Questions for Doctors. How much
does it cost?
   1. What is the best test for _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ?  Next best test? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 
   2. How many times have you done this procedure?   How many times were the results not good?
   3. When will I get the results?
   4. Why do I need this treatment?
   5. Are there any alternatives or other options?
   6. What are the possible complications?
   7. Which hospital is best for my needs?
   8. How do you spell the name of that drug?
   9. Are there any side effects?
  10. Will this medicine interact with medicines that I'm already taking?



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Once You Leave the Doctor's Office, Follow Up

Remember, quality matters, especially when it comes to your health. For more on health care quality and materials to help you make health care decisions, go to Choosing Long Term Quality Care.

3 Good Questions to Ask

  > What is my main problem?
  > What do I need to do?
  > Why is it important for me to do this?



At the End of the Visit

   > Do I need to return for another visit?
   > Do I need to call for test results?
   > What side effects or concerns should I look for?
   > When do I need to follow up?
   > Anything else I need to know?

After the Visit

    > Be sure to get the results of any test or procedure!
       - Don't assume the results are fine if you do not get them when expected
       - Call your doctor and ask for your results
       - Ask what the results mean for your care

When You See a Specialist

   > Know the diagnosis or suspected diagnosis
   > Learn about basic treatment options
   > Make sure the specialist has all test results and records on your case
   > Make sure you know why the tests are being done
      - Ask: Are these tests necessary?
      - Don't repeat tests!

                               Making the Most of Your Doctor's Visit

If You Are Facing Surgery…

  > Most surgeries are not emergencies.
  > This means that you have time to make sure that this surgery is the best treatment for you

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