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Lives of Doctor Wives: Medical Advice

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Medical Advice

Hello! :)

I was thinking about doing a blog post on my personal blog about medical advice or tips that people who aren't connected to the health care industry might not know. I know our husbands are the physicians but don't YOU feel like you pick up some good knowledge too?? I would love to hear what your "tips" are so please comment if you'd like!

1) Find out if your city has a free clinic or a clinic that pro-rates fees based on income. So many people don't know there is an option like this out there!

2) Request your doctor to prescribe you medications that are on the $4 list at Walmart (if possible - not all meds are included). Also, Target, CVS, Walgreens and many other places have lost cost prescriptions too and good doctors at least have some of those lists memorized. Some people think you have to have insurance to have access to the $4 rates - you don't!!

3) You have the right to request a medical student or resident NOT provide care to you. Keep in mind new residents start in July. My husband did stitches on someone's EYEBROW in medical school (yes, that totally freaks me out!! ha!)

4) Your doctor WANTS you to ask questions and be HONEST!!

What else would you add?


Blogger Desiree said...

I read the book "How Doctors Think" a few years ago, before we began the med school journey. I recommend it to everyone, especially those not connected to the health industry, as a way to work with your doctor and think of the right questions to ask and information to share.

January 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is some advice: If you have a medical issue, call and talk to the doctor YOURSELF. Don't have your parent or spouse do it for you. The doctor will have specific questions and it goes a lot smoother if he/she can talk to the patient. It is so frustrating for them when they ask "where does it hurt" only to hear, "I don't know... let me ask".

January 15, 2010 at 5:42 PM  

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