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Four Things to Say at Your First Visit with a New Doctor

It’s always a little awkward getting to know a new physician. After the first hellos, and before the examination begins, it’s smart to set the stage for an effective relationship. Physicians can’t read your mind. They don’t know what role you’d … Continue reading

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Teaching Kids How to Be Effective Patients

Kids develop attitudes about health care very early on. The sooner you start teaching them how they can play a role in asking questions and understanding what’s happening, the more likely they will grow up to be effective patients. There … Continue reading

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Are You Afraid to Ask for a Second Opinion?

Does the thought of getting a second opinion for something you’re facing freak you out a little bit? Maybe your doctor is telling you to get surgery, or an invasive test, or a procedure you’re not sure you need.  Perhaps … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Ask Your Doctor Better Questions

I hear it every day: “How can I possibly challenge my doctor when I’m not a physician? What do I know anyway?” No matter what your educational background, economic situation or personality, it’s very common  to feel unsure about questioning … Continue reading

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