Author Martine EhrenClou, M.A. explains how to get the best medical care in her book, "The Take-Charge Patient."
Here are some of her tips and favorite research websites.
CARRY: Medical ID Cards: a paper in your wallet. Many electronic versions available, but that's not always practical (say in an ambulance) to access. ID CARD lists your current doctor, specialists, medications, allergies, current medical conditions as well as emergency contacts and insurance.
Print out Your OWN Medical ID Card: (PDF)
BEST WEBSITES FOR YOUR OWN MEDICAL RESEARCH:
The key to credible research is not to GOOGLE your symptoms--not good. Stick to medical school websites, medical academy and society websites (such as American Cancer Society), disease organization websites and government websites. They end in .edu, .org and .gov
AHRQ, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
National Institutes of Health-Office of Rare Diseases Research
Medical School website
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
American Cancer Society
American Academy of Pediatrics
WHAT COULD HELP YOU SAVE MONEY:
HealthCareBlueBook.com - Patients can use this as a bargaining tool is they want to negotiate fees .
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