Drastic changes in health care--the proliferation of management organizations, shrinking insurance plans, and skyrocketing medical costs--are not only complicated and irritating, but may be endangering your well-being. Now in this timely, indispensable guide, four experienced health professionals give you the knowledge and skills you need to get the optimal, quality health care essential for you and your family. In clear, honest language they help you navigate the complexities of modern health care as they explain how to:
Find the right doctor for you and your family
Communicate effectively with your doctor
Know and understand your medical rights
Explore all treatment options, from traditional to alternative and combination methods
Create your own medical miracles
Overcome bureaucratic barriers and insurance regulations
Prepare your medical history
Become your own best patient advocate
And much more, including over 40 exercises and tips on Internet research
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Table of Contents
Poor Communication: The Curable Disease.
Do You Like Your Doctor?
Is It Time for a Second Opinion?
GETTING ORGANIZED FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT.
Am I Really Sick?
Finding the Right Kind of Doctor for Your Illness.
Getting Organized for Your Appointment.
Preparing Your Medical History.
OBTAINING EXCELLENT CARE.
What Is Your Diagnosis?
Treatment and Healing.
MANAGED CARE AND MEDICAL INSURANCE.
The Changing World of Medical Insurance and Health Care Delivery Systems.
Managing with Managed Care.
Choosing Your Insurance Coverage.
The Medical Bill.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR MEDICAL RIGHTS.
Your Medical Record.
Medicine, Law, and Ethics: An Overview.
Epilogue: Becoming Your Own Best Patient Advocate.
References and Recommended Reading.
To the Reader.