Angie's List: Health Care Decisions

By: Elizabeth Owens, Angie's List Email
By: Elizabeth Owens, Angie's List Email

Thursday, March 1, 2012

At some point in our lives, most of us will need to make some kind of health care decision.

News 12's Elizabeth Owens is on your side with this week's Angie's List report.

In a poll, more than 90 percent of people consider themselves to be empowered patients. Yet, nearly, 40 percent of them admit to feeling rushed through their doctors' appointments so they feel they don't have time to communicate problems with the doctor.

Patients who are in control of their health care research topics, participate in treatment decisions and tell their doctor the truth about their health.

You always want to stay empowered by speaking up to your doctor, and that means telling him or her the truth about your health and your family history.

"It's important for consumers to be honest and open with their doctor about their budget and their health insurance plan because you want to make sure that the doctor prescribes something that you can actually afford because if they don't, the consumer will end up not taking the medicine," said Angie Hicks from Angie's List.

Finally, don't be afraid to shop around for health care and insurance, so you can find the best fit for your health and financial situation.

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