Imagine this: you go to the doctor and are diagnosed with a serious illness or condition. What do you do now?
We get these calls often. Upon getting a new diagnosis, some people immediately conduct an extensive internet search of their particular condition to understand as much as they can. Others look to find the best doctor in that field or seek advice and recommendations from friends and family members. While finding the best doctor is important, it is just one step in a long journey towards health and wellness.
Here are our top five tips to keep in mind if you or a loved one faces a new diagnosis:
- Resist the urge to read too much information on the internet. It’s tempting, but it can just lead to more confusion and angst.
- Be careful who you get advice from. Seek trusted experts.
- Prepare a list of questions for your doctor. You’re more likely to get your questions answered if you come prepared.
- Have someone join you at the doctor’s visit. A friend, family member or health advisor can act as a second set of eyes and ears.
- Understand what your health insurance covers. Try to find doctors in network to maximize your coverage.
At Better Health Advisors, we have a different approach when someone is newly diagnosed. We create a custom health plan that takes the guess work out of the equation and prepares you to tackle any problems that arise. As your health expert and advocate, we:
- Immediately get to know you, your likes, interests, lifestyle and close family members and friends.
- Take medical steps to confirm your diagnosis. According to research from the Mayo Clinic, almost 90% of patients receive a different or refined diagnosis upon getting a second opinion.
- Review your health insurance to ensure that you have the best plan to support your treatment.
- Conduct extensive research into your condition using industry approved tools and resources that we have access to as health advisors.
- Provide support around key healthcare decisions.
- Talk with our trusted medical experts about your unique situation.
- Assemble a medical team comprised of top doctors and specialists-- a team who fits your specific needs.
- Help prepare you for medical appointments and transfer critical information.
- Attend key appointments to make sure you get the most out of your consultation.
- Monitor and help you implement treatment plans.
- Create a wellness plan catered to your specific health needs and goals.