How You Can Make the Most of Your Doctor’s Visit
Montgomery, Alabama, June 6, 2013– The recent, and many, changes in healthcare are causing more patients to question not only how to navigate the system, but how to make the most out of their doctor’s visits. Thanks to the advancement of modern science and medicine, Americans are now living longer. According to SSA.gov the average life expectancy for Americans is 85 years old. Baby boomers (people between the ages of 49-67) are facing age-related illnesses and are requiring more medical attention due to the ability to treat the illness and prolong life. Also, healthcare reform will give more people access to healthcare, and that means significant growth opportunities for the healthcare field. Unfortunately, this growth may cause fragmentation with healthcare delivery system by not having adequate personnel to service everyone efficiently.
“Those who are fortunate have a support system or caregiver to assist with their healthcare needs, but not everyone is. Also, not everyone has experience with understanding and navigating the healthcare system; that’s why Smiley Health Group, LLC was created.” Cornelia Smiley, NCMA, PPA
With significant increase in patients, doctors often have little time to address all of the patient’s concerns. Here are a few tips that can assist with making sure you get the most out of your visit. If you have a new illness, research it using a reliable source such as mayoclinic.com and write down any questions or concerns you may have. If you are discussing treatment options, find out the pros and cons so you are able to make an educated decision; always ask for informational brochures and other resources relating to your illness.
Smiley Health Group, LLC is a Private Patient Advocate practice. The facilitation of the advocacy delivery process is to promote the timely delivery of the patient’s healthcare goals and effective use of resources. To learn more, visit smileyhealthgroup.com.