If you're sick, injured or facing a serious, or even terminal condition, you have numerous treatment options. From medications to surgery to complementary and alternative medicine, the health care system has you covered -- but at what cost?
Getting more while using less health care essentially requires four straightforward steps:
You simply must develop a trusting relationship with a primary care provider who clicks with you. Then you must be an active participant in your care.
It's time to realize that better health isn't something that the doctor gives you in a pill bottle. Being healthy is something you can and should provide yourself, with some occasional assistance from your doctor.
In short, when it comes to your health, direct your time, energy and money to problems only as necessary.
More people are realizing that when they schedule a surgery or visit their doctor, they're buying goods and services, just as though they were taking their car to the shop. As more people seek to cut their health costs by comparison shopping, more hospitals and doctors who want their business will give them the information they need.
My upcoming book, The New Prescription: How to Get the Best Health Care in a Broken System, provides a multitude of tips and techniques to help you harness your inner power to navigate the often overwhelming health care system. Hopefully, with these four starting points, you will be able to get more out of the current system and – ideally – begin to need it less.
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