Most patients don't understand that their own healthcare is not a right, it's a responsibility. --Trisha Torrey
If you have a complicated care issue, then check for problems, errors or malpractice by Googling "Dr. Firstname Lastname" plus the word "error" or "complaint" or "malpractice." See what you find.
Also make sure that the doctor is licensed and practicing in the same realm. (She once saw a doctor practicing as a psychiatrist who was not licensed in Psychiatry, but in Internal Medicine!)
- Say thank you. If you feel well-served then go on and say thank you.
- Refer your friends to the doctor.
- Send a "report card" via http://diagKNOWsis.org/reportcard to highlight the positive or where there is room for improvement.
- Prevention is about taking responsibility for your own health, no matter how good or bad it is, and taking the steps you can take in spite of health challenges;
- Prevention is about following doctors orders once the two of you have determined a course of action;
- Prevention is about stepping out of a comfort zone, or "happy" zone
- Prevention is about education. Keep on learning and you'll avoid engaging with less effective treatments.