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How To Choose And Maximize Time With Your Doctor Or Other Health Care Provider

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The doctor who specializes in your disease and the doctor who takes care of your general health (your "primary care doctor") are the most important members of your team when it comes to your health. A mental health professional such as a psychologist or social worker can be helpful. A mental health professional can be essential if you become stuck in an emotional down.

Choosing the correct doctor and other health care providers is an important first step. Ideally, look for a doctor that fits your needs - not some general idea of criteria for choosing a doctor.

Once a doctor is on board, your relationship is also important to the quality of your care.  If the relationship turns out not to work for you, or the doctor isn't as good as you thought, you can (and should) change doctors.

Even though your time with your doctor may be short, you can get a good bang for your buck if you prepare for the visit. Once you are with the doctor, let him or her know that you have items you want to discuss. It helps to record the conversation. It is also helpful to take a family member or friend. 

Your doctor can be a big help if you have a problem with your health insurance company.

If needed, there is probably transportation available to get you to and from your doctor and treatments.

NOTE: Do not expect your doctor to bring up end-of-life issues. If you have questions (such as whether your doctor is willing to go along with your thoughts), or you want to discuss issues, don't hesitate to bring them up.

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