The United States spends at least two and a half times more on health care than most developed countries across the globe. At the same time, we lag behind a number of developed nations on several health metrics. Interestingly, when surveyed most respondents said “personality” and “patient-doctor interaction” trumped concerns over “cost of care”. We will be discussing this and more at our bi-weekly Empowered Patient Chat this Friday.
Empowered Patient Chat: How do I find a quality doctor? for Patients, Caregivers, Healthcare Providers, Mental Health Providers, Nurses, or anyone interested in improving their own health and our healthcare system on Friday, October 3, 2014 – 10:00 am PST / 1:00 pm EST at Twitter – use hashtag #patientchat in all your tweets. How? See patient chat How To, Etiquette & Guidelines
Questions to consider:
- Thinking about doctors or other health care providers generally, what do you think is the most important factor that makes a high- quality doctor or other health care provider?
- What do you think is the most important factor that makes a poor-quality doctor or other health care provider?
- How much emphasis should I put on the personality of the doctor and his/her interaction style? Why?
- How do you find information about the quality of a doctor? How easy or difficult is it to find information that you can trust about the…quality of health care provided by different doctors or other health care providers in your area?
- Would you trust word of mouth over outcome survey results when selecting a doctor?
- How do you find information about the cost of care? How relevant is it to you when selecting a doctor?
Topic inspired by this AP-Norc Poll: http://www.apnorc.org/projects/Pages/HTML%20Reports/finding-quality-doctors.aspx
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