When your doctor suggests a treatment, it’s important for you to be an active participant in the final decision. After all, it’s your health. Here are some questions to ask to help you make the decision that is best for you.
1. Do I really need this test or procedure?
Ask your doctor to tell you if you really need the treatment, test or procedure and how it will make a difference.
2. What are the downsides?
Your doctor should clearly outline the risks of the treatment, test or procedure, so you can balance them with the potential benefits.
3. Are there simpler, safer options?
You should know all your choices to determine the right one for you.
4. What happens if I do nothing?
Sometimes, doing nothing can be an option to consider seriously.
5. How much does it cost?
Consider your out-of-pocket costs. A simpler treatment may cost less money and be just as effective.
Keep this handy guide in your wallet: Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor.
You can also use the Community Checkup website to see how specific health care providers rank in potentially avoidable care.
Here's a great video from Consumer Reports as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign: