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« Key to the City | Main | Making Your Case at Doctor Visits »

June 08, 2011


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This is very timely for me because for the first time ever, I am requesting a specific med from a doctor I've never seen before--and I am feeling a little belligerent because I've been on the wrong end of buck-passing via multiple referrals, so I've been trying to remind myself not to go into the appointment with "guns blazing" because this poor doc knows nothing of what's preceded my appointment. I did tell a friend earlier today that I had to "write up a summary of the last 6.5 years of my medical life for this new doc," so I've had a little success already.

Jan Hasak

You make a good point. We patients should all come alongside our physicians in a partnership rather than in an adversarial relationship. Let's use more neutral (less loaded) terminology such as "being prepared."

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