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HEALTH STATUS: Insured and Looking to Develop A Doctor Patient Relationship

By Harvey Potts

“Under the Affordable Care Act”
“many   individuals    will   enter   into the healthcare system for the first time with insurance coverage. For some  of  you,  it  will  be  your  first time  to  have  insurance  coverage that truly covers your illness or disease.   Others   will  continue   to enjoy  their  health  care  as  usual. In  either  scenario,   many  of  you will begin  the phase  of searching for a doctor or continuing the relationship that you already have with  your  doctor.   When  you  are doing this, you are looking to either establish or maintain a relationship, key word “Relationship”,  the Doctor Patient  Relationship.  To benefit from  this  relationship,   you  have to first, select a qualified doctor. Then, understand  the role each party involved should have in the relationship. Finally, know when to stay or leave.”
“The Doctor Patient Relationship has always been a topic of debate and discussion. It involves walking a fine”
“line  of what  is considered ethical”
“decisions   and  actions,   individual and    professional    decision- making ability, cultural sensitivity, communication, confidentiality, morality, and a host of other inclusions within the legalities of medicine.  This relationship  should be taken very seriously because it helps in your understanding of you and your family’s health and assists in the diagnosis, treatment and healing process.”
“One   of  the  greatest   powers   of having   health  insurance   is  “The Power  of  Selection”.   Throughout life,  we  make  choices   on  items, dating, educational  institutions and a variety of other things. During our search to find what we need and or desire, we ask friends, family, and experts  for  advice.   We  even  do internet  research  for  background checks and reports before we take the calculated  risk of going forward with our decisions.  When choosing a   doctor    for   your    healthcare, continue  to rely on and  apply  the same    concepts     of    verification, background research, and reports. As a consumer  of healthcare,  this we  allow  you  to find  doctors  that are certified  and  have experience in   their   specialties.    In   addition, you   will  find   reports   on  quality of  care  and  if  any  complaints   of malpractice or misconduct exist. You and the doctor that you choose both have an important role to play in developing and maintaining  the doctor    patient   relationship.    The typical  doctor  patient  visit will last within  the  range  of  5-15  minutes with an average time of 7-8 minutes. This time range is not including  the time it takes to fill out the paperwork of being a new patient and getting”
“your  vitals  and  basic  information”
“taken (blood pressure, pulse, temperature,   height  and  weight). The range of 5-15 minutes is the actual time spent talking with the doctor.   Just  to  give  a  synopsis of what the day of a visit to the doctor’s  office may include  here is a sample.”
“You have selected a doctor to go to and have called  to make your first appointment.  The day comes and you arrive at your scheduled  time for your appointment.  Someone will be  at the front desk  to assist you as you arrive. You will be provided some paper  work to fill out usually a new patient form that will ask you questions about your living location, personal medical history, family history,    medications,     insurance type and other basic information. Once  that  is  completed, a  nurse or medical  assistant will ask to get your height and weight. Afterwards, they  will  escort  you  to  an  exam room. While you are in the room, a nurse or assistant will take a basic medical  history to find your reason for coming  to the doctor.  They will simultaneously prepare  that history for the doctor to have before he enters the exam room. Don’t get discouraged if it feels like you are saying  some  of  the  same  history over when the doctor  arrives, most times it’s necessary and helps with clarification.  The nurse or assistant has completed  the medical  history and now you will wait on the doctor to arrive in the exam room. The doctor arrives. Now, work on the doctor patient relationship truly begins.”
“The doctors role in developing the  doctor  patient  relationship starts with bedside manner. How does he greet and treat you as a person,   for  example,   introducing his  or  herself  to  you,  addressing you by name and respecting your privacy  and  opinions.  Another aspect is listening. Does the doctor listen to your responses,  questions and  concerns  about  your  health? The  information  that  comes  from the doctor asking questions and listening provides a greater chance of a solution to your concerns  and diagnosis. Did your doctor do a physical exam? When you go to the physician,  even if it is for a routine visit or follow up, your doctor should complete a basic physical exam and/or a physical  exam to address your complaints.  The reason  why,”
“things may change with your health”
“from your last visit and might be looked over if no exam occurs. Does the doctor explain things for you to understand   or  provide   materials to help in your understanding? Information can sometimes be complicated to understand,  but if someone  takes  the  time  to assist you to understand,  it increases the possibility. Does the doctor provide you   options   of   care,   if   options exist? When given health options to choose from, most people are more likely to choose and carry out the option  that  feels  reasonable  and less complicated to follow. Are you included in the decisions for your health? No doctor  is a dictator,  but a facilitator of health. He or She should  assist  you  and  guide  you to a healthier life, allowing you to participate  in the decisions  of your health.  These are only a few things that  hold  the doctor  accountable, but you too have a role to play in developing and maintaining the doctor patient relationship.”
“As   a   consumer    or   patient of  health  care,  you  have  a  role and  responsibility   for  your  health and the development of a quality relationship with your doctor. You must   be   your   on   advocate   for the best health care service and treatments that are possible to you. So, always ask questions. Ask for clarifications on things you do not understand. Research things you have been  told. Know that it is ok to get a second opinion. Hold the doctor   and  staff  accountable  for your health. Once you have agreed to  recommendations  for  your health,  you  should  be  compliant and  follow  through  with  the decisions and recommendations. If you can’t be compliant,  then have the discussion  with your doctor  as to why and assist in the process  to help the doctor figure out a plan that”
“works. Some helpful tips to ensure”
“that you are prepared  for your visit to  the  doctor  and  maximize  your time  when  you  see  your  doctor, for that short time range of 5-15 minutes, are listed below:”
“1. Bring your Identification and Insurance information with you to your visit”
“2.  Bring  any  health  records that you have”
“3. Bring a list of your medical conditions  and medications”
“4. If known, bring a list of your family medical history”
“5. Have a list of questions that you want to ask your doctor so that you will not forget them”
“6.    Bring     any    information that you have researched to ask questions about”
“7. Bring a list of your symptoms that you have and document  when you had them”
“If   your   doctor    is   meeting your needs, you have found the relationship that works for you. However,  if your doctor  falls short of   your   needs,   after   you   have held to your responsibilities  of the relationship,   remember   you  have the power of selection. Meaning, the power to leave or stay, purchase or not purchase healthcare from that particular provider.”
“Disclaimer:”
“The  following  information  is intended  to  educate  those interested in learning how basic knowledge    may   influence    their well-being.  It is not a substitute  for examination, diagnosis,  or medical care provided  by a licensed and qualified health professional. This information is not a representation for any local, state, federal, or international agency, entity, corporation, business, or organization.”


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