Quality Healthcare: A Guide to Proactive Patients
As patients, individuals do not just need to be focused and concerned about their health but also be practical when it comes to accessing healthcare and other medical options. Patients need to be proactive but still be guided accordingly because there is a lot more about healthcare that they need to take account for. When establishing care as new patients, individuals are required to review their own health copies and provide their doctors copies the following:
• Medical Records.
• Contact Information for Previous Doctors.
• List of Present Medications and Current Nutritional Supplements.
Tip # 1
An important proactive tip for patients is to schedule a health-care visit in order to discuss about health goals and at the same time be acquainted with new doctors. To get the most out of doctor’s visit, the following tips are suggested:
• Taking short lists of concerns and symptoms.
• Bringing updated lists of nutritional supplements and medications.
• Preparing lists of important questions.
• Taking essential notes while the doctor discusses or borrowing notes from friends.
Tip # 2
Make calls to get information about the lab results. There are four things that patients need to find out prior to lab test. The first are the means on how the sample will be drawn, second is the special recovery and preparatory directions, and third are the methods on how the lab results are reported and lastly the duration that it takes to get the results.
Tip # 3
In case the result of lab test is handed to you, and the result is normal, you are still allowed to ask for re-testing especially if you still feel the symptoms. You can go back to the doctor and demand for another test to ensure that the right results will be obtained. If you are not convinced with the lab test results, you can seek for a second opinion. These are the following things that you need to do:
• Bring lab results, medical records and lists of important questions to ask during appointment.
• Bring with you pathology specimens if possible.
• Understand that not all tests are accurate and some of them need to be repeated.
Be a Proactive Patient
Proactive patients should also be aware and familiar with these pledges:
1.Prepare for all schedules and doctor appointments.
2. Ask relevant questions about medications and diagnosis.
3. Bring someone during appointments to help you ask questions and take down notes.
4. Speak out about the symptoms you are feeling regardless of the results of tests.
5. In case no one makes a call, make your own call and insist to get the copy of the results.
6. Remember the errors and medical mistakes that do happen however, have recourse.
Access to quality healthcare still depends on what type of patient you are. Your attitude and habit towards things can either help or break you when it comes to accessing healthcare and medications. By following the tips on how to be proactive patient, you are guaranteed of quality healthcare that you deserve.