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Questions to Ask Your Doctor
First, don’t blindly accept every thing your doctor tells you about his plans for your treatment—whether it be a course of medication, invasive tests, or surgery. Here are some questions you can ask to give you the most information about what’s going to happen: Is what you’re planning the safest way to address my condition? What other options are available, and what are the risks of those?
Doctor’s Poor Recommendations
Some doctors recommend treatments that—unfortunately—give them the most profit with the least amount of effort. There may be other treatments for your condition that your doctor won’t tell you about unless you ask. You need to know the facts.
If you’re going to have surgery, ask your doctor whether the anesthesiologist, the pathologist and the labs they use are covered under your insurance plan.
Avoid Financial Surprises
Even though your insurance approved paying for your surgeon, often the anesthesiologist and others involved in your care do not take your insurance. Avoid surprises, like hefty medical bills you thought were covered. Ask first.
Ask your doctor how many times he’s done this procedure before.
I’ve had cases where a doctor has botched a procedure and later admitted to me he’s only done this a few times (Or in one terrifying instance—that was the first time he tried that procedure.) For example, for a laparoscopic procedure or a robotic surgical procedure, doctors often just attend a weekend workshop and do one or two procedures on cadavers before adding that to their own practice.)
Ask your doctor if he carries medical malpractice insurance?
In my experience, many doctors who don’t carry malpractice insurance are the ones with bad claims records and who can’t be insured. The Board of Medicine requires any doctor not carrying malpractice insurance to post a sign in their office. I’m not suggesting you avoid a doctor who doesn’t carry insurance, but you should know the facts and make an intelligent choice, should anything go wrong.
Ask your doctor if he/she is board certified in the area involved in your care
Board certification is the highest standard for a doctor in a particular medical specialty. It requires several years of practice, and usually a written and an oral test. Even though he/she may be board certified, make sure it’s in the specialty you’re being treated for I’ve seen doctors doing plastic surgery who are not board certified in that area, but are board certified in otolaryngology, for example. If your dermatologist plans on removing any lesions and doing the pathology examination himself, make sure that not only is he/she board certified in dermatology, but also in the sub-specialty of dermatopathology.
If you’re confused about the information you’re getting, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor for a second opinion. Either have your doctor give you a referral to another doctor—NOT in the same practice—or find another doctor through referrals from friends. You need to have all your questions answered about your medical care.
SURGICAL INJURY OR DEATH
Surgical injury or death may be as a recognized complication, or it may be due to medical malpractice. Our experts can find out for you.
GIVE YOUR DOCTOR A CHECKUP
This can happen from a head injury, a bleed, a stroke or lack of oxygen to the brain, and can possibly be from medical malpractice.
SLIP AND FALL
Most falls in nursing homes or assisted living facilities can be prevented with proper safety measures and the proper attention of the intitution’s staff.
Be the Captain of your own medical decisions. You can prevent arguments among family members. Make decisions easy for your family. Ensure doctors follow your wishes.
This is outrageous, five times as many Americans die every year from hospital/doctor mistakes than die from auto accidents.
NURSING HOME ELDERLY ABUSE
Unexplained injuries, bruises and other related injuries may be the result of nursing home abuse. These injuries are a felony under Florida law.
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