Five Questions To Ask Your Doctor
1. “How’s my weight?”
Just because your doctor doesn’t say anything to you about your weight doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear. This may surprise you, but physicians will likely not bring this sensitive subject up themselves. The Journal of Obesity and Clinical Practice found that 59% of healthcare practitioners wait for the patient to bring up the subject of their weight.
2. “How much will this cost me?”
Your doctor’s job is to make the best recommendations for your wellbeing, but copays and bills can rack up quickly. Depending on your insurance, you might be on the hook for more than you can swallow. Ask about the cost. Your doctor may not know the answer, but someone in their administrative team can help you understand what your personal financial outlay will be before your jump headfirst.
3. “Why am I taking this medication?”
Thoughtlessly heeding instructions won’t give you the insight you need to improve your health—you need to understand why you’re taking a particular prescription. You are more likely to adhere to your treatment protocol if you understand why you are taking a medication. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that non-adherence is the cause of 30 to 50 percent of chronic disease treatment failures—about 125,000 deaths per year in the United States alone.
4. “What are the side effects?”
Always ask about the side effects of treatment before moving forward. What might be tolerable for some, may not be for others. You want to be prepared and know what to expect––and what to watch out for.
5. “Am I up-to-date on my vaccinations?”
With the measles popping up in communities around the country, it’s critical to find out if you are up to date on your vaccinations. Each year, thousands of American adults become gravely ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent. (Many adults even die from these diseases.) It’s recommended that all adults receive a Td booster shot every 10 years to protect against tetanus and diphtheria.