Choosing a Healthcare Provider
CHOOSING A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER

How to Work with Your Doctor 

In today’s healthcare world, you and your doctor are teammates.

Doctor-Patient Communication Quiz

You and your doctor are partners, working together for your optimal health. That's why it's important to find a doctor you feel comfortable with, someone who listens to your questions, and takes the time to ask his or her own. Find out more about doctor-patient relations by taking this quiz.

1. Your doctor knows which medications you're taking, so you don't need to bother reminding him.
2. If you wear glasses, don't forget to bring them with you to the doctor's office.
3. A friend or relative who accompanies you to the office must stay in the waiting room during your exam.
4. It's not the doctor's business to know about your personal life, so he or she shouldn't ask you about anything other than health matters.
5. It's OK to fudge the truth about your smoking or dieting when talking with your doctor.
6. Your doctor has only a limited time for you, so limit your questions.
7. You can find out more about your particular medical condition by reading brochures your doctor has.
8. Problems with depression or memory are a normal part of aging and don't merit concern by your doctor.
9. The best time to talk to your doctor about serious illness is when you're healthy.
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Your Asthma Healthcare Team 

When you have asthma, you’ll have a team to help you manage your condition. Together, you’ll create your asthma action plan. You may see several health care providers every year who help keep you healthy.

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How to Find Dr. Right 

Your relationship with your health care provider is one of the most important in your life.

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When Your Pastor Is Your Mental Health Counselor 

A growing movement incorporates spiritual beliefs in mental healthcare.

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How to Choose a Therapist 

Amid all the choices, your relationship with your therapist — the right fit for you — is what matters most.

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The Value of a Second Opinion 

If your provider suggests non-emergency surgery or a major medical test, it can be worthwhile to get a second opinion

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Understanding Healthcare Facilities 

Getting quality health care doesn’t always mean going into the hospital or emergency room. Depending on your needs, other medical facilities may serve you just as well — or even better.

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What Is a Walk-In Clinic? 

Convenient care options offer patients a quick alternative to the family doctor’s office.

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Who's Who in Healthcare 

This list of health care professionals, which excludes doctors, can help you understand the wide array of people called upon to render care.

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Choosing a Registered Dietician 

Registered dietitians work with health care providers to calculate calorie and nutrient needs, design special diets, and offer other nutritional advice to patients.

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Doctors Who Specialize in Obesity 

Some doctors specialize in treating patients who are obese or overweight. These doctors are called bariatric doctors or bariatricians. Some of these doctors may also be bariatric surgeons.