Anyone who has been following my blog lately knows that I have criticized the modern American Healthcare System. Patients are rushed in and out of their doctor appointments, often spending 15 minutes or less in face to face time with their physicians. In today's medical world, doctors are harried, trying to fit in as many patients as they can. Doctors are over scheduled. So chances are you might not even get to see your doctor but be seen by one of her provider partners. The doctors are concerned about their productivity numbers, since chances are their practice is now owned by a large health network which is filled with administrators who assess physicians productivity. You might have noticed the computer in the exam room which the doctor sits behind and types. She is required to check many boxes and fill in many spaces as she is talking with you.
What can you as a medical consumer do to take control of your medical experience? You can become well informed about your medical condition. We are living in a time when the world's knowledge can be found at our fingertips. If you have a diagnosis, research it. Know the symptoms you should pay attention to. Know what you should be concerned about. Be knowledgeable about the latest research and treatment options. But be wary of the sites where you do your research.
A webpage associated with a national health organization which focuses on your health condition is a good place to start. If you have cardiac issues visit The American Heart Association, arthritis: try the Arthritis Foundation, etc. A medical site which is associated with a hospital or health network is another good place to do research or check symptoms. But please be wary of any site that is trying to sell you something. They are usually looking to make money and might not have your best interest at heart.
As a modern medical consumer, you need to be knowledgeable about your condition. A well informed patient is a better patient. If you are overwhelmed by your healthcare concerns or do not know where to start, please reach out to me. As a healthcare advocate, I can give you the advice you need to manage your health. #mhakimhcadvocate