047 // Empowered Patient: Tips for a Successful Doctor’s Visit

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You have power in your own healthcare journey. You don’t always feel like a consumer because of the way things are set up in modern medicine, with the doctor, insurance company, and you. But you are the end user. You are the consumer in healthcare.

Just as you wouldn’t settle for subpar service in any other transaction, you do not have to settle for subpar service in your healthcare. In this episode you will be empowered as a patient. You will also learn how to go into your next doctor’s visit prepared to have the best appointment ever.

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Tips for a Successful Doctor’s Visit: Becoming an Empowered Patient [Transcript/Blog]

Welcome back to the Health with Hashimoto’s podcast. Today, we’re shifting our focus from holistic wellness to discussing a crucial aspect of your health journey – your role as a consumer in the healthcare system. You’ve heard me say before that you are the CEO of your own health, but let’s reframe it today and talk about you as a consumer. Think of it like shopping for makeup – you have choices, preferences, and expectations. Let’s explore how you can be an empowered patient in the world of healthcare.

The Consumer in You

Imagine walking into your favorite makeup store. You’re greeted by a dazzling array of makeup products. From foundations to eyeshadows, you get to choose what suits you best. You examine colors, textures, and types, ensuring they align with your needs and preferences. As a consumer, you hold the power to make informed choices. If a product is defective, you return it and expect a solution. This is how we operate as consumers.

The Broken Healthcare System

Now, let’s draw parallels between this consumer experience and healthcare. In the conventional healthcare system, you may not have the same freedom. It’s more like you’re shopping for makeup but being told that you need a stylist to decide what’s right for you. These “stylists” in healthcare could be the insurance companies, the healthcare providers, or the system itself. They dictate what you should receive, often without considering your unique needs.

Taking Charge of Your Health as an Empowered Patient

This is where you can become an empowered patient. In the healthcare world, you should be able to choose your provider and actively participate in your care. Whether you’re in the US or elsewhere, you have rights as a consumer. You can make informed decisions about your health, ask questions, and seek second opinions. If you don’t like your current provider’s approach, you can find one that aligns with your values and preferences.

Outside the Conventional Model

Many people, including myself, have chosen to explore healthcare options beyond the conventional model. This is where functional medicine and integrative medicine come into play. These practitioners often work outside of insurance, allowing for more personalized, comprehensive care. When you choose this path, you’re investing in a deeper patient-provider relationship, which can lead to more effective, holistic care.

Empowering Yourself as a Patient

So, where does this leave you as an empowered patient? Whether you opt for providers outside the traditional system or remain within it, you have the right to advocate for your health. Here are some practical steps:

  • Prepare for your doctor’s appointment by listing your symptoms, what you’ve tried, and your goals.
  • Don’t shy away from asking questions. Why is a certain test necessary, and what will it reveal?
  • Be proactive in your care, just like you would when shopping for makeup. You have choices and a say in your healthcare.

You are Not Alone

Remember, you don’t have to navigate this journey alone. Support is available, and you have the power to take control of your health. By embracing your role as a consumer in the healthcare system, you can work towards better outcomes and truly holistic wellness.

Thank you for tuning in to the Health with Hashimoto’s podcast. We’ll continue our journey toward better health together. See you next week!

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