Healthcare System

Taking care of your health involves choosing a doctor and understanding how to best get the care you need. This section will help you deal with these issues and provide some fun and shocking facts about the medical field.

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A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who deals with mental disorders. Many psychiatrists use psychoanalysis as part of their diagnostic method, and all psychiatrists have intensive training in psychology. Learn about what psychiatrists do.

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A radiologist is a physician who uses X rays to diagnose and treat disorders. Nuclear medicine specialists use radioactive substances to diagnose and treat diseases. Learn about radiologists and nuclear medicine specialists.

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Rheumatologists diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of bones, joints, and muscles. These disorders often are characterized by inflammation or degeneration and include such conditions as arthritis and gout. Learn about what rheumatologists do.

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Doctors from various medical fields list themselves as sports medicine practitioners. Sports medicine has made great contributions to the general public by producing evidence of the benefits of exercise. Learn about sports medicine practitioners.

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Surgeons use surgical operations to treat disease, injury, or deformity by going into the human body by way of incisions through the skin and muscles. Learn about what surgeons do.

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Urologists specialize in the study, diagnosis, and medical treatment of diseases and disorders of the kidneys, urinary tract, prostate gland, and male sex organs. Learn more about what urologists do.

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Gynecologists focus on the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of disorders of the female reproductive system. Obstetricians deal specifically with pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions. Learn about what gynecologists and obstetricians do.

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Bariatricians have been making advances in treating a common problem: obesity. A relatively new medical field, bariatrics is popular because of the public’s keen interest in issues of weight loss. Learn about bariatricians.

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In addition to your family doctor, a medical specialist will make crucial decisions affecting your health. But sometimes it's difficult to determine the type of specialist you need. Learn important guidelines for choosing a specialist.

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Medicare is a major effort on the part of the U. S. government to provide affordable health insurance for seniors over 65 and people with certain disabilities. But the program had a lot of twists and turns, as well as an alphabet soup of parts.

By Ed Grabianowski & Melanie Radzicki McManus

Most people never think about choosing a doctor until they need one in a hurry. If you're injured or suddenly become ill, finding a good doctor is a necessity. Learn how to make this decision.

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When you're dissatisfied with a physician's performance, working through communication problems may be preferable to finding another health care professional. Learn what to do to repair a communication breakdown with your health care provider.

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The World Health Organization's goals are not to be taken lightly: eradicating disease, promoting healthy living conditions and overseeing the general welfare of people all over the world. Learn about the WHO.

By Nancy Lewis

If you were suddenly unable to walk, where would you go for help? How would you regain your independence? What role would technology play? Learn all about Shepherd Center.

By Marshall Brain