Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Top Empowered Patient Tips for 2010

as posted by: Dr. Mercola

Being an empowered patient means doing more than the bare minimum. It means taking an active part in your own health care. Your actions, however, don't have to be extraordinary; it's often the little, everyday things that mean the difference between a good health care experience and a bad one.

1. Don't believe everything you hear (get a second opinion)

The extra effort and additional consultations will undoubtedly educate you further, which is always self-empowering.

2. Ask a ton of questions

Take a list with you. Schedule time for questions. And be prepared for answers.

3. If you are going to use the Web, search smart

Eight out of ten Internet users have searched the Web specifically for health information. Protect your privacy and don't give out personal information. And compare and contrast -- in many instances, you can check prices, hospital ratings and what services are offered online before your visit.

4. Free and discounted care is out there

The Department of Health and Human Services provides assistance through federally funded health centers. You pay what you can afford based on your income level. There are also several groups specializing in helping people find affordable insurance and free care, including: Coverage for All, Ehealthinsurance, Healthcare Advocacy, Patient Advocate Foundation and Patient Services Incorporated.

5. Paying attention can save your life

You know your body better than anyone else. If your gut tells you something just isn't right, then listen to it. Know your medications, and track your progress.


  1. This is great information.

  2. I will have to get my parents to read this posting.