Once upon a time, a visit to the doctor meant a comfortable conversation with the person who cared for all your aches and pains and doled out lollipops to your children. Simple visits were kept simple while more intricate routines warranted a house call. Today, a trip to the doctor is much more complicated, even if it’s to address a mere cold.
Insurance plans, specializations, labs and x-rays, and a general lack of one-on-one time with the doctor heighten the stress of medical appointments. This has led to decreased satisfaction for both parties. Many patients have a growing disinterest in the health care system—a system with increasing costs and an assembly line attitude.
On the following pages, get 12 tips for making the most of your doctor's appointments.