Last week, I posted a blog talking about what you can do when your healthcare providers are disagreeing about the route to take for your treatment. Here are some practical tips to use with your providers to get everyone on the same page.
But what to do when your healthcare providers disagree?
A lot of our decisions will be based on our own common sense, beliefs and values. As humans, we naturally do what makes sense to us and what is comfortable. So in functioning as a human, we must remember a few things in trying to sort out healthcare opinions:
• We should voice our concerns to each provider, and ask why they formed the opinion that they did. If you understand their reasoning for choosing the opinion they chose, it makes it easier to evaluate what they are telling you.
• Ask each provider to evaluate the other providers differing opinions. Have each provider write down their thoughts of the others’ opinions and show it to all that are concerned. Ask the other providers their thoughts about what was written, and if they still stand by what they first told you.
• Educate yourself about your conditions and treatment options so you can ask informed questions. This is your health, so it is your responsibility to make sure you have done your homework about it.
• Is it all about the Benjamins? Doctors get paid for the services they perform. Surgeries are almost always thousands of dollars in a doctor’s pocket. Do you need the services or do they need the cash?
• Trust your gut. After hearing everything your providers are saying, what is your gut telling you? You were ultimately in charge of your healthcare, as well as the expert on your personal health and circumstances. Use your common sense and make a choice, but don’t be pressured to do so immediately. Make the decision that reflects your values and beliefs.
You will be the one who has to make the choices about your course of treatment, no matter how many differing opinions you get. You will be the one financially responsible, and you will be the one to indoor any consequences that may arise as a result of your choice. Make sure it’s a good one.
Be a smart patient – do your homework, ask questions and question the answers. Make sure your decisions are reasonable (and covered by your insurance!). You can squash the fighting and get your best care.
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Yours in health,
Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ a.k.a. Healthebooklady