Your doctor recommends a thing, and you do it. That’s the simplest version of how the doctor-patient relationship might go, but it’s not always the best one. You may find out later that there were other options for treatment that you never knew about, or that the drug you took has risks that may outweigh its benefits. To get the full picture, ask these four questions.
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The first time you have to make a doctor's appointment for yourself can make you wish for the days - perhaps not long ago - when Mum or Dad did all this for you. And if you're the parent in this scenario, it might be hard to step back. Here's a guide to help young adults take charge of their health care.
The deadline to opt out of My Health Record is approaching this week, and MPs on both sides of politics are pushing to have that deadline extended. More and more people are rushing to opt out in the final moments, causing outages and issues with the process that may cause some to miss out on the deadline. Here's everything you need to know at this point.
Stigma against obesity infuses many areas of life, but it’s especially damaging at the doctor’s. Your physician is likely to bring up the subject of your weight but unlikely to tell you anything helpful about it, as a recent Huffpost piece documented.
We're all busy people, but if there's one thing you should always make time for, it's to get to the doctor for regular checkups and age-appropriate preventative tests. But it can be difficult to know which types of tests you should ask your doctor about at what stage of your life. This graphic breaks it down nicely.
You've seen the labels on your antibiotic prescriptions: "FINISH ALL THIS MEDICATION unless otherwise directed by prescriber." It's been dogma for years, but this rule might not actually be the best way to prevent antibiotic resistance. But don't throw out your half-used bottle of penicillin just yet.
Cancer is the worst. And, maybe thanks to Movember and pink consumer goods, we're all extremely aware. Too aware. Because we've gotten it drilled into our heads to always get tested, patients are ignoring the risks of unnecessary cancer screenings, says the New York Times. Low-risk patients often get false positives, leading to dangerous and wasteful misapplications of radiation and chemotherapy.
Pregnant workers often need modifications to their jobs (less lifting, for example.) If your job is quite physical, a doctor's note may be required exempting you from certain types of work - but the contents of the note could also backfire. To protect your job, don't ask for the note too early and make sure your doctor knows what it needs to say.
Depending on where you go to university, there's a good chance you shell out good money every semester for student health services. Those services and on-campus clinics include more than just quick visits with a nurse or doctor. You usually get loads of other benefits you'll want to take advantage of.
When most people look for a doctor, they try to find someone close to their home or work, covered by their private insurance and perhaps recommended by others. I look for those things too, but what I really want -- and have learned is frustratingly difficult to find -- is a doctor who uses 21st century tools like, you know, email.