Pledges of a Proactive Healthcare Patient
Staying Healthy in 2020: Pledges of a Proactive Patient
Navigating healthcare and being a proactive patient isn’t always easy, but it’s especially challenging amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Although many of us are still self-isolating and social distancing to flatten the curve, it’s essential to pay attention to your health and remain up-to-date with your healthcare. While you should trust your doctor and others in your healthcare team to look out for your best interests, you also need to take control and learn how to look out for yourself. There are several steps you can take in your pledge to become a more proactive patient this year.
Make the Most of Doctor’s Appointments, Even Virtual Ones
You should make the most of every doctor’s appointment, even the virtual ones, during these unprecedented times. Always give your doctor an updated list of any medications and nutritional supplements you may be taking. Prepare for appointments by jotting down any concerns about your health or any symptoms you may be experiencing, no matter how minor they may seem. Asking questions about your diagnoses and medications can be beneficial in both the short- and long-term. If you need to visit a new doctor’s office this year, be sure to give them your past doctor’s contact information, so they can receive your medical records and are prepared to discuss your health goals.
Always Speak Up About Symptoms and Ask for Lab Results
Don’t be afraid to ask questions about your healthcare! You may also arrange to have someone present with you who may also have concerns or issues to bring up with your doctor. While you should trust and respect your doctor’s recommendations, you always have the right to a second opinion. You should receive a phone call to discuss any lab work results, even if they’re normal. Even if you receive lab results that appear normal, don’t be afraid to ask for a re-test if you’re still experiencing unusual symptoms. Sometimes, lab tests may need to be repeated. Errors are rare, but they do happen.
Understand Mistakes Happen, But Know That You Have Rights
All human beings, even medical professionals, can make mistakes. You should be aware that medical mistakes can and do happen and know that you have rights for recourse. Should you ever find yourself injured as the result of another’s negligence, be sure to seek an experienced medical malpractice attorney to learn more about protecting your rights. If you’re in the New York City area, Pegalis Law Group, LLC would welcome the opportunity to provide legal counsel. Check out our Proactive Patients Guide to Quality Healthcare article for more tips on being a proactive patient.
Advocates for Proactive Healthcare Patients in NYC & Beyond
Pegalis Law Group, LLC is a New York-based law firm focused on educating clients about the importance of being proactive patients. For nearly 50 years, we have helped people who have suffered because of personal injury or medical negligence. Please visit our website and follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to receive updates on how you can be proactive about your family’s healthcare.