Flip No. 6

Taking charge: Ten tips for patients

Make the doctor’s visit work better for you.

By Flip the Clinic

Long gone are the days when the doctor’s word was final. Today to ensure you get the best care from everyone involved, you need to be an active participant in your own health. You already do it at home; it’s time to step up in the doctor’s office as well. Why? Because your health and your pocketbook depend on it.

Patients that aren’t engaged spend 21 percent more in medical costs than patients that advocate for themselves, according to research out of the University of Oregon.

And the World Health Organization reports that patient engagement has been shown to improve health outcomes and overall quality of life for those with chronic conditions.

By making sure your concerns are addressed, asking questions, and getting the information you need to make informed decisions, you can work with your health care provider to find solutions that really work for you. Here are a few simple steps to help you take control of your own health.

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