When it comes to health care, the biggest mistake you can make is putting unquestioning faith in your doctor. Doctors are pressured by hospitals, insurance carriers and prescription drug companies to produce more and more — so, what used to be about patient care is now very much about making money.
Take Care Of Your Own Care
Because medical malpractice occurs all too often in the United States, patients must take responsibility for their own care. To avoid medical errors, the best thing you can do is trust your own instincts and become informed about your medical treatment. Ask questions. Ask your doctor to clarify if you don’t understand. Have someone you love come with you to office visits. Don’t be afraid to research your doctors or medical condition. Get a second opinion, or a third, to make sure that the care you’re getting is necessary and appropriate.