A friend recently sent me a great TED Talk titled: 4 Questions You Should Always Ask Your Doctor (by Dr. Christer Mjaset*). She knew I’d be interested because I speak to community groups about how to talk to your doctor.
The 4 questions Dr. Mjaset recommends we ask our doctors are:
These questions work in all sorts of situations:
Your concerns may be medical/clinical (e.g., are there side effects?) or they may be financial (e.g., will my insurance cover it or will I have to pay out of pocket?). While you may not think you can question your doctor’s advice, trust me, you can!
*Christer Mjåset, M.D. is a neurosurgeon, author, columnist and lecturer who currently works as a Harkness fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston studying value-based health care models.