Are You Making the Right Decisions About Your Health Care?

Even small decisions can have a big impact on your health.

January 8, 2023

Many people don’t realize how often they make decisions about their health care. Healthcare decision-making isn't limited to big questions like "Should I take my child to the ER?" or "Which doctor should I see for this illness?"

People make micro-decisions about health and health care on a regular basis. They decide what to eat, whether or not to exercise, how they will manage their stress, and much more. When a health issue comes up, they ask themselves questions like:

  • Should I see a doctor about this? How urgent are my symptoms?
  • What kind of provider do I need to see? How do I choose the right provider?
  • Do I need a second opinion? Where should I go for a second opinion?
  • What key medical information do I need to tell my doctor? 
  • What questions should I ask my doctor?
  • What questions should I ask my pharmacist?
  • What should I do if I forget to take my medication?
  • Which treatment option is best for me?
  • What other health professionals should I see? (Nutritionists, physical therapists, etc.)
  • Is there anything I can do to lower the cost of treatment?
  • When do my medical needs require a higher level of care?

Some of these questions are relatively simple, but answering others requires research and a careful evaluation of your options. It helps to have the input of an outside expert: a health advisor. 

The complexity of the healthcare system can be intimidating, and it sometimes holds people back from making any decision. If you find it stressful to make healthcare decisions, you don't have to make them alone.

One of the lesser-known benefits of working with an expert health advisor is decision support. We can help you make informed decisions about any aspect of health care, including which care to prioritize.

Patients often say to us, "I don't know what to treat first." For example, someone who suffers from mental health issues and substance abuse may be unsure how to approach treatment. The answer: It may be possible to treat them simultaneously. A health advisor can assess the situation and help you come up with a plan. 

If you’re facing a big decision about your health, reach out to Better Health Advisors. We will work closely with you throughout the decision-making progress and answer your questions in plain English. As an independent company, we have no financial incentive to recommend a particular company, program, or provider. Our only interest is your health and wellness.

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