Be A Powerful Patient Going to the doctor can make you feel frustrated and vulnerable. Our hosts — two doctors — share insider tips from the medical world to help you take control of your health care.
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Going to the doctor can make you feel frustrated and vulnerable. Our hosts — two doctors — share insider tips from the medical world to help you take control of your health care.

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How To Be A Better Caregiver When A Loved One Gets Sick

None of us are prepared to be caregivers — the role is thrust upon us. More than 40 million Americans are caring for an elderly parent or loved one. Here are six tips to make the caregiving burden more sustainable:
- Accept help, and don't be afraid to ask for it.
- Break down caregiving tasks into bite-sized solutions.
- Don't tell your loved one what to do. Ask about the quality of life they want and how you can get them there.
- Be an empowered medical advocate for your loved one.
- Get your legal ducks in order so you can focus on your relationship.
- Make sure to take care of yourself, too.

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Take Control Of Your Care When You're Seriously Sick

Finding out you have a serious medical condition can leave you reeling. These strategies from medical and lay experts will help you be in control as you navigate our complex health care system and get the best possible care.
Here's what to remember:
- Your primary care doctor is the captain of your health care team.
- Don't be afraid to get a second opinion.
- Get organized, and find someone to help you if you can't do it yourself.
- If you need a procedure, go to someone who does it all the time.
- Use the Internet, but use it wisely.
- Figure out what matters to you, and fight for it

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6 Ways To Get The Best From Your Doctor

Going to a doctor who puts you at ease can actually improve your health. We have six tips for finding a primary care doctor you click with — and how you can make the most out of that relationship.
- Figure out what type of patient you are, and let that guide your choice of doctor.
- Seek out a doctor who makes you feel comfortable.
- When you go to the doctor, go prepared.
- Be clear about your agenda.
- Be yourself at the doctor's office.
- You have a right to give your doctor feedback. But if things aren't working, don't be afraid to break up.

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Introduction: Be A Powerful Patient

Hosts Mara Gordon and John Schumann, both practicing doctors, know how tricky it is to be a patient. They give us tips and strategies to help you take charge of your health care.

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