I'll let you in on a little secret: I hate going to the doctor. From scheduling the appointment, to filling out paperwork, to waiting in the small exam room, to trying to get to know my doc in the 7.5 minutes that we spend together, to getting the bill, I dislike it all. (I'll admit that I dislike it less than buying a car, but I really hate that.)
And I know that I am not alone. Let's face it: The health care system in this country is complex. Between the different types of doctors and the variability of insurance and vision plans, finding good care can be difficult. To get the best care, you've got to be organized. You've got to pay attention. And you've got to stick up for yourself because, really, no one else is going to do it for you (except maybe your mom).
But this guide can set you off in the right direction. It is an insider's view that is written by two doctors, Michal Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D., that present info in a light-hearted way that makes it easy to read. It has all kinds of useful references and places to start looking for information. And it can really help you feel confident about certain medical decision, such as second opinions.
I think that this is such a great book that I'm leaving my copy in the waiting area for people to read. You can click here to order your own copy of You, the Smart Patient: An Insider's Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment.
Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.