If you had a health emergency, do you know what hospital you would go to?
What if you need a procedure, should you get a second opinion?
Dr. Archelle Georgiou has a lot of advice in her book "Healthcare Choices: 5 Steps to Getting the Medical Care You Want and Need.”
Some of her advice:
· Never tell a doctor you’re seeing them for a second opinion. Why? Because then they’ll spend the meeting confirming or denying the previous doctor’s diagnosis, NOT examining you for anything else.
· How to listen to your personal preferences. If you desperately do not want a procedure, no one should be cajoling you into it.
· Why, if you can’t explain your condition to someone else, you haven’t been informed enough on your treatment options
· Tips for navigating your healthcare in special circumstances, such as buying insurance for the first time, becoming a mother, or deciding on end of life care.
You'll find the link to Dr. Georgiou's book HERE.
The first segment below is the basis of Dr. Georgiou's Book and what you need to look for in medical care.
The second segment is what to do once you go to an emergency room and are admitted.
The third segment is how to smartly get a second medical opinion, without saying so, how to find a good doctor, and tools on tracking your and your family's medical history.
Photo Credit: Dr. Archelle Georgiou