Take Charge of Your Health Care

Make your doctor a partner in your health care.

Questions to ask your doctor

You want to trust your doctor, and you’ll get better care when you are an engaged patient. Build a good relationship with your doctor by sharing information, asking questions, and listening carefully.

Once you have a list of doctors you are interested in, take some time to learn more about their skills and training, as well as the quality of care they provide. When choosing a doctor, consider several sources of information, including recommendations from your friends, rather than relying solely on a doctor-rating website, which can be biased.

To help you choose a new doctor, here are some questions to determine if they’re a good fit for you. You can find answers to these questions on the doctor’s website or by speaking with the doctor and their office staff directly. [Download these questions as a printable PDF.]

In addition to these general questions, you may wish to ask your doctor about the specialty care you need. For example, if you are considering a surgical procedure, you may want to ask how frequently the doctor performs this procedure, what the potential risks are, and what the recovery involves.

Download these questions as a printable PDF.

Expand Your Knowledge With These Resources

For more information on health care quality issues, general health care topics, or how to be a good patient, visit the websites of one of the following expert organizations:

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